Thailand

Five day emergency holiday announced


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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced yesterday a five day emergency holiday in Bangkok as flood waters continue to rise and the whole of the capital is now threatened.

Despite attempts to control the flooding, Bangkok the capital has now been affected with seven of the 50 districts already flooded and little chance of others being protected.

A mass evacuation of the capital is now underway and a number of governments have warned their citizens against travelling to Thailand in a move that is bound to damage the tourism industry.

The Bank of Thailand has cut its growth forecast for the year from 4.1% to 2.6% as a result of the floods. More and more industrial areas are being affected by the floods which are said to have affected one third of the country.

Meanwhile two ministers, the Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Prompat and Defence Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa have resigned their seats and will be replaced by the next two members on the Pheu Thai party list. No reason has been posted.

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