hailand is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years. Here, residents make their way through a flooded street on the outskirts of Bangkok on Oct. 22.
Floodwaters edged deeper into Thailand’s capital Bangkok on Monday after the governor of the city issued a dramatic late-night warning to residents to prepare for a deluge that has already swamped suburban areas and forced thousands to flee their homes.
Sukhumbhand Paribatra warned residents in a televised address that the large volume of floodwater was threatening six districts as it moved closer to the city’s more developed areas, including the section near Chatuchuk weekend market, a popular shopping stop for tourists.
Sukhumbhand also said the waters were expected to swamp the Don Muang area just north of the city proper. The area is home to Bangkok’s old airport, which is now being used as headquarters for the anti-flood effort and a shelter for evacuees.