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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs     27 October  2011

Thai Flood Update-October 27

Another DM dike collapses
Another dyke in Don Mueang airport has collapsed on Thursday afternoon due to strong flooding, reports said.

Flood water from Vibhavadi road had broken through the barricade, causing a large amount of water flowing into the airport continually.

Airport authorities had to move vehicles to higher ground .

Not All of Bangkok to be flooded
Not all districts in the capital will be flooded, Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said Thursday.

"As the person in charge of Bangkok, I believe that the water will not flood every district of Bangkok and some districts might not be inundated," MR Sukhumbhand said.

He said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is doing its best to protect the capital.

"We're considering whether we should order an evacuation of Tawee Wattana district as the flood situation there is worrying," the governor said after more water surged into Tawee Wattana canal.

“Massive water is coming”
Floods swamped a new area of Thailand's capital on Wednesday as some shops rationed food and Bangkok's governor warned of "massive water" on the way that could put many parts of the sprawling city in danger by the end of the week.

Large-scale evacuation was underway in Bang Phlad, a riverside area some way from Bangkok's inundated northern districts, as floods hit the capital on a second front, deepening anxiety in the city of 12 million people, many of whom were expected to flee before a special five-day holiday.

"Now we're at a critical moment, we need to monitor the situation closely from 28-31 October, when many areas might be critical," Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra told reporters on Wednesday. "Massive water is coming."

Flooded out workers to get pay
More than 90 percent of the manufacturers in inundated industrial estates have confirmed that they will continue paying their employees while they are shutdown and will keep them on when the water recedes and the factories reopen, Commerce Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said on Thursday.

Health concerns
According to the Thai Health Ministry, the current flooding has affected the health of more than 700,000 people .

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