Thailand says floods are not an emergency

Government says declaring a state of emergency might scare off tourists and investors amid widespread flooding.

Thailand Bangkok Ayutthaya flood

The government of Thailand is refusing to declare a state of emergency despite widespread flooding. 

Floodwaters have already affected one third of the country and are now threatening the capital.

Officials say any declaration will cause unnecessary panic and scare away foreign investors and tourists, worsening a disaster that has already cost the country billions of dollars.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

Source: Al Jazeera