9 dead in flood-hit Thailand

BANGKOK - Nine people have died and more than one million have been affected by flooding in Thailand, officials said yesterday, but the authorities offered assurances that flood waters would not reach central industrial areas and near Bangkok, as they did in 2011.

Widespread flooding in 2011 killed more than 800 people and caused massive disruption to industry.

The authorities discounted the possibility of a similar disruption this time round, but expressed concerns over one industrial estate in Ayutthaya province, 80km north of Bangkok.

The national meteorological department forecast more rain for the weekend.

So far, around 1.5 million people living in 27 of Thailand's 77 provinces have been affected by the floods. Nine districts have been evacuated.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra reassured businesses on Tuesday that there would be no repeat of the flooding that affected more than 13 million people in 2011.