Thai authorities fail to communicate coherent messages
Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport is looking unusually quiet. What would normally be a steady flow of incoming tourists has ebbed while flood waters continue to be as big a threat as ever to the Thai capital. Now its third week of the worst flooding for 50 years, Bangkok has become a no-go zone for the vast majority of leisure and business travellers. Televised images of districts under water are still being watched around the world, pushing visitors to go elsewhere, while countries continue to warn their citizens against travel to the city, unless they’re in transit.
The latest news is that water has poured into the busy shopping areas and hotels of the city’s Lat Phrao district and waters have reached the pylons of parts of the Bangkok Skytrain. Next for flooding could be the busy intersection at the Victory Monument with its nearby hospitals and ministries. Yet most of the city centre is still free from flooding. This means that the Thai authorities have failed to get their message across that most of the city centre remains safe.
[pictured: Flood waters close Thammasat University]