Bangkok: 800,000 people remain in their flooded homes

More than 800,000 people in flooded districts of Bangkok refuse to leave their homes despite the announcement of an evacuation, said the governor of Bangkok Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Tuesday.

“More than 800,000 residents of Bangkok remain in their homes in areas where the water level reached 80 centimeters or more,” said the governor in an interview on national television. “People refuse to leave because they believe that the floods do not threaten their lives.”

“If all the precautionary measures, including those related to electricity,  it is possible to stay in house during the flood. However, we urge all those who are still reluctant to join the shelters,” said Mr. Paribatra.

The city of 12 million people

Floods caused by torrential rains on an unprecedented scale, began three months ago and affected millions of people, mainly in northern and central Thailand. Hundreds of companies are flooded.

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