Bangkok’s bustling night life and James Bond Island near Phuket, shunned by tourists amid political turmoil, must brace for empty cash registers as the imposition of martial law in Thailand deters holidaymakers.
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.
Thai Airways International Pcl, the country’s biggest airline, said 13 people sustained minor injuries during the evacuation of an Airbus SAS A330-300 that skidded off the runway after landing in Bangkok late yesterday.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said floodwaters north of Bangkok are receding and the capital’s defenses are holding, leaving only a “slim” chance that a four-month-old flood crisis will worsen.
Thailand detained a Swedish-Lebanese man who aimed to strike tourist sites in Bangkok and said it was “disappointed” the U.S. warned its citizens of a possible attack without first advising the Foreign Ministry.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra urged food producers not to raise prices as Bangkok residents started hoarding rice, instant noodles and bottled water amid conflicting government warnings about floods threatening to inundate the capital this week.