Thailand’s worst floods in more than half a century are threatening to hit the capital, Bangkok, as early as next week after reaching a “crisis level,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said.
At least 253 people have been killed as a result of the seasonal monsoon rains that have hit the country since July 25, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on its website yesterday. About 30 of Thailand’s 77 provinces remain underwater, the agency said.
“This will have a direct impact on Bangkok,” Yingluck said Oct. 7 in a nationally televised address. “We have to admit that this is more serious than in the past.”
A Thai employee of a riverside restaurant sits idle on a stool as water from the Chao Phraya river floods low-lying areas of downtown Bangkok on October 4, 2011. Thailand's worst monsoon floods in decades have killed 224 people and affected three quarters of the country, including part of the ancient city of Ayutthaya, officials said. | Christophe ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
People walking through floodwaters along a street in the Thai city of Ayutthaya on October 6, 2011. | AFP
A giant statue of the late revered monk Luang Pu Thuad that is situated by the Asian Highway in Ang Thong province is surrounded by flood water in this aerial photo taken on Thursday. | SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN/Bangkok Post
ShelterBox Response Team comprised of Nicolas Ducrocq (FR), Scott Robinson (US) and Steve Gibson (US) are currently in Thailand after the worst flooding in eleven years has struck Thailand, Cambodia and southern Vietnam. | shelterboxuk/FlickR
Flood in Ayutthaya 2011 #6. | thai-on/FlickR
October 9th Nakon Sawan. | GrahamBKK/FlickR
October 9th Nakon Sawan Bypass highway. | GrahamBKK/FlickR
Residents find creative ways to move to higher ground as the government urges evacuation of homes and businesses on September 29. Photo by Graham Hill. | asiastories/FlickrR
Many provinces in Thailand is currently suffering from flood disaster. This is taken in front of Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya World Heritage Site. | thai-on/FlickrR
A man casts his fishing net near the reclining Buddha image at Wat Loke Yasutha temple in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district of Ayutthaya province yesterday. | PATIPAT JANTHONG/Bangkok Post