1. DISASTER

    Thousands Flee Bangkok

    BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: Thai residents walk through flood waters on a street in China Town near to the overflowing Chao Phraya river on October 26, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand. Flood waters are now threatening to disrupt Thailand's tourism industry, as the country experiences it's worst flooding in 50 years. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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    Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Bangkok ahead of rising floodwaters. Bangkok's governor has officially called for residents of the three northern districts in the capital to leave, and authorities have declared a five-day holiday to allow people to relocate. "This is the first time I am using the term 'evacuation', the first time I'm really asking you to leave," said the governor. With the capital's regional airport already closed due to flooding, thousands of people flocked to bus and train stations. There are reports of stores rationing food in order to prevent hoarding, and bottled water is running low.

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