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Oct 29, 2011

(REFILE)WRAPUP 1-Thai PM says Bangkok flood threat receding

BANGKOK, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Receding floodwaters north of
Bangkok have reduced the threat to the Thai capital, the prime
minister said on Saturday, but a rise in coastal high tides in
the Gulf of Thailand will still test the city’s flood defences.

“If things go on like this, we expect floodwater in Bangkok
to recede within the first week of November,” Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra said on national television.

Oct 29, 2011

Thai PM says Bangkok flood threat receding

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Receding floodwater north of Bangkok have reduced the threat to the Thai capital, the prime minister said on Saturday, but a rise in coastal high tides in the Gulf of Thailand will still test the city’s flood defences.

“If things go on like this, we expect floodwater in Bangkok to recede within the first week of November,” Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on national television.

Oct 28, 2011

Tens of thousands flee Bangkok fearing breach of river banks

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Traffic clogged roads out of the Thai capital on Friday as tens of thousands of people fled ahead of a high tide expected to worsen floods that have inundated factories and prompted foreign governments to warn their citizens to stay away.

The main concern is that Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River will burst its banks over the weekend during the unusually high tide that begins on Friday. Buildings across Bangkok have been sand-bagged for protection, and some vulnerable streets were nearly deserted.

Oct 28, 2011

Insight: Thai flood crisis puts swamped PM in firing line

BANGKOK (Reuters) – In the early days of Thailand’s devastating floods, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was seen knee-deep in muddy waters in wading boots, greeting evacuated villagers, surrounded by clicking cameras and appearing to take charge.

Fast-forward a month, as the worst floods in half a century close in on inner-city Bangkok, Yingluck’s three-month-old government is under fire for badly managing the crisis — from shoddy policy coordination to poor communication and conflicts with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.

Oct 28, 2011

Thousands flee Bangkok as floods threaten

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Traffic clogged roads out of Bangkok Friday as thousands of people fled ahead of a high tide that may worsen floods that have inundated factories and prompted foreign governments to warn citizens to stay away from one of Asia’s biggest cities.

Authorities have expressed concern that Bangkok’s main Chao Phraya River will burst its banks over the weekend during the unusually high tide that begins Friday. Buildings across Bangkok have been sand-bagged for protection, and some vulnerable streets are nearly deserted.

Oct 28, 2011

Thousands flee Bangkok as high tide threatens new flood surge

BANGKOK, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Traffic clogged roads out of
Bangkok on Friday as thousands of people fled ahead of a high
tide that may worsen floods that have inundated factories and
prompted foreign governments to warn citizens to stay away from
one of Asia’s biggest cities.

Authorities have expressed concern that Bangkok’s main Chao
Phraya River will burst its banks over the weekend during the
unusually high tide that begins on Friday. Buildings across
Bangkok have been sand-bagged for protection, and some
vulnerable streets are nearly deserted.

Oct 15, 2011

Defenses bolstered as floods threaten Thai capital

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Rescue workers reinforced make-shift walls and sand-bags around Bangkok on Saturday as the worst floods in half-a-century threatened Thailand’s low-lying capital after swamping entire provinces in the north.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra sought to reassure Bangkok’s 12 million people they would largely escape floods that have swept over a third of Thailand since July, killing at least 297 people, causing about $3 billion in damage and turning villages and industrial parks into lakes.

Oct 14, 2011

Insight: Investment prospects luring Myanmar in from cold

BANGKOK (Reuters) – In a remote prison in Myanmar’s northernmost state, comedian and dissident Maung Thura nearly lost touch with the world. His parents died. He was forbidden contact with relatives for more than a year.

So when guards startled him awake at 5:30 a.m. on a cool Wednesday morning to free him and about 200 other political prisoners in a rare amnesty, he was ecstatic. He could see his two children again. One of the world’s most reclusive and autocratic states may finally be changing, he thought.

Oct 14, 2011

Investment prospects luring Myanmar in from cold

BANGKOK, Oct 14 (Reuters) – In a remote prison in Myanmar’s
northernmost state, comedian and dissident Maung Thura nearly
lost touch with the world. His parents died. He was forbidden
contact with relatives for more than a year.

So when guards startled him awake at 5:30 a.m. on a cool
Wednesday morning to free him and about 200 other political
prisoners in a rare amnesty, he was ecstatic. He could see his
two children again. One of the world’s most reclusive and
autocratic states may finally be changing, he thought.

Jul 4, 2011

Stunning Thai election win brings hope of stability

BANGKOK, July 4 (Reuters) – Thailand’s powerful military
accepted on Monday a stunning election victory by the party of
fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, adding to a
new sense of stability in a country plagued by unrest since his
ouster in a coup five years ago.

A day after the victory by the Puea Thai Party headed by
Thaksin’s youngest sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, the military
agreed not to intervene or stop her from forming a government,
according to the outgoing defence minister.

    • About Jason

      "As Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, Jason Szep manages text, pictures and television news operations across 10 countries for Reuters. He has been a Reuters correspondent, bureau chief and editor since 1990 and won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award in 2007. He is a Boston native and has had postings with Reuters in Toronto, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Boston and Bangkok. His assignments have ranged from Kabul and Islamabad to the U.S. presidential campaign trail during the 2008 election."
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