Thailand’s government is preparing to deploy 20,000 security personnel to counter a plan by protesters to create traffic chaos in central Bangkok in a push to force Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office.
Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river swelled to a record high, swamping nearby tourist spots including the Grand Palace as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called for fresh ideas to stem the country’s worst floods since 1942.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said floodwaters are starting to recede in provinces north of Bangkok as a tidal surge swelled the Chao Phraya river to record heights, threatening riverside communities.
Thailand’s government said water levels rose further on Bangkok’s outskirts and may overwhelm defenses, raising concern that the nation’s worst floods in more than 50 years may spread to new areas of the capital.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra warned against succumbing to “mob rule” in managing floodwaters on the city’s outskirts, saying the entire country will suffer if waters inundate central business areas.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party is on course to win Bangkok’s governor election for the first time, dealing a blow to opponents aligned with royalist groups who have held the capital since 2004.