Sri Lankans warned against travelling to Thailand due to floods

Oct 31, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today issued a travel warning against visiting Thailand due to the severe flooding in the country.

The Ministry of External Affairs requested Sri Lankan nationals planning to visit Thailand to visit the country only if it is urgent and necessary as latest reports said the some parts of the Thai capital Bangkok are already under water and others are likely to be inundated with rising flood waters in the coming days.

Many of the Bangkok’s main industrial estates remain submerged and the government has to abandon its own flood-crisis center at Bangkok’s old international airport on Saturday as the deluge there worsened, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The External Affairs Ministry in a statement said the Thai Ministry of Tourism has already advised that travellers to Bangkok change their plans and those already in Bangkok to move to safer provinces.

“Therefore, unless it is extremely essential, Sri Lankans are advised to temporarily postpone their travel to Bangkok until such time the situation improves,” it said.

Updated information regarding the situation in Thailand can be obtained through the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs on website www.mfa.go.th or through the Flood Relief Operations Centre at +66 (0) 25043248-51 or Fax +66 (0) 25043252. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Bangkok can be reached through +66 (0) 22611934.

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