Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
01 November 2011 09:51
People carry their belongings along floods as they move to higher ground at one of Bangkok's districts
Flood defences erected to protect Bangkok have saved the capital city from floodwaters that have wreaked havoc to some outer suburbs.
Thailand's prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was confident that the situation was improving because the floodwalls were holding up against the country's worst flood in a half-century.
Efforts to divert water to spare the capital from the floods, that has already killed at least 381 people and affected millions, were being made by building temporary dikes around the inner city.
As runoff water from the north pushed through on its way to the Gulf of Thailand, the country's government was still battling to save Bangkok.
The network of dykes defending against Bangkok's main Chao Phraya river broke down in at least two neighbourhoods as a record high tide pushed up from the gulf, filling the streets with floodwaters.
Holidaymakers affected by the floods should check their
travel insurance documentation to see how to claim back costs.
Ms Shinawatra has asked the residents to be "confident" as waters were receding from many inundated areas of Thailand.
She said that although there may be overflow into some areas, it would not cause any great damage.
She added: "We will recover soon."
13 January 2017
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.
31 December 2016
Budget airline Norwegian has said it will launch ultra-low cost flights for as little at £56 to New York as it ramps up the pressure on its rivals.
30 December 2016
Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their paintings, new research suggests.
29 December 2016
A positive outlook for the UK travel industry is being tempered by uncertainty over the economy, according to a new report.
22 December 2016
Eating a lot of cured and processed meat such as ham and salami could aggravate asthma symptoms, new research suggests.