October 24th, 2011
02:21 AM ET

Floods reach Bangkok airport, force evacuations

Floodwaters in Bangkok have reached Don Muang Airport, one of the Thai capital's two main airports and home to the flood relief operation command, which may have to move to another location, according to the governor.

In addition to Don Muang, residents in five other areas should prepare for floods, move their belongings to upper floors and take shelter at evacuation centers, Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said in a news conference on Monday.

Thammasat University's gymnasium, which has been used as an evacuation center, is also flooded and without electricity and is itself being evacuated, the governor added.

As a remedy, about 4,000 people will be bused to Rajamangala Stadium in central Bangkok with the help of 300-400 volunteers, according to the governor.

In the east, the industrial estates of Lat Krabang and Bang Chan remained under threat, and volunteers were sought for help with sandbagging.

The governor urged the public not to panic and to follow his reports closely.

In an interview with CNN on Sunday Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said authorities were trying to control the water levels by using all the dams and dikes to cope with an unusually heavy rainy season.

Protecting Bangkok was a priority because it comprises the economic heart of Thailand, she said. "But it doesn't mean we have no concern for the people who are suffering from the flooding," she added.

The decision to divert water through canals in Bangkok means parts of the city and its surrounding suburbs, such as Rangsit, are flooded.

Residents have resorted to moving out of flooded homes by boat or anything that could float - or wading through water with plastic bags of belongings balanced on their heads or pets tucked into clothes.

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  1. Philip

    Bangkok ,hehehe. I give a two thumbs up for the free evacuations!Sign me up.

    October 24, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. steven noake

    I have just left don meaunag airport, it si NOT flooded. the waters are close as they have been for 2 days.

    i am running a school for the flood refugees there. pleaase come to support us!!!

    October 24, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. isabella

    my husband just went to the bangkok this morning, is there anybody can tell me the truth and level about the floods recent conditions?

    October 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Na Bangkok

      Which area does he stay in Bangkok? Now all water from the mountain, river and rain surrounds Bangkok. Some areas have already been flooded but the center of Bangkok (downtown) is still dry ( for this moment ).

      October 26, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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