Finland warns against travel to Bangkok

Finland has joined other countries in warning its citizens against unnecessary travel to the flood-threatened Thai capital, Bangkok.

The Foreign Ministry also recommended that Finns stay away from other badly-affected regions of Thailand as it battles the worst flooding in 50 years. The warning does not apply to Bangkok’s international airport, some 20km east of the capital, which is operating normally.

The warning is in effect until at least the end of October, although the floods could last for several weeks. The Foreign Ministry advises travellers to follow the situation closely via local news sources and follow advice given by local authorities.

On Friday the main river coursing through Thailand’s capital swelled to record highs, briefly flooding riverside buildings and a royal complex at high tide. There are fears that flood defences could break and swamp the heart of the city.