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 authorities widened an evacuation order in the city’s northern districts and moved to protect two industrial parks near the main international airport as floodwaters encircled the Thai capital.
“Lost in Thailand,” a low-budget Chinese comedy about the travels of two rival businessmen and a pancake-maker through Thailand, may help the Southeast Asian nation attract a record number of tourists this year.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said most of Bangkok will be spared from floods that have swamped some outer suburbs as efforts to drain water to the east and west of the capital are succeeding.