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Thailand calls holiday to allow escape from floods

It's not your typical vacation. Reuters reports Thailand has announced a five-day holiday, making way for people to escape rising floodwaters near Bangkok.

Thialand's prime minister warned that Bangkok could be flooded with nearly five feet of water if flood barrier walls are compromised.


A Thai army helicopter drops food to people isolated by floods in the province of Ayutthaya near Bangkok on Oct. 25. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years.

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A gas station employee talks on her mobile phone as she sits in a plastic container amid floodwaters near the Chao Phraya river after an embankment ruptured overnight, flooding another area in central Bangkok on Oct. 25.

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People commute on a flooded highway in a suburb in Bangkok on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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A Thai Dhammakaya monk takes a rest from working to fortify the flood wall as he looks over the rising floodwaters at Khlong Rapi Pat on Oct. 25, on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. The flood gate is one of the most critical of the last fortifications preventing flood waters from the North to flow into Bangkok. Around 350 people have died in flood-related incidents since late July according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.