MFA advisory to Singaporeans in Bangkok

Thai people wade through floodwaters in the inundated Ban Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi province, suburban Bangkok. (AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued a statement asking Singaporeans in Bangkok to move to higher ground or areas unaffected by flooding.

This follows Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s command to open the city’s floodgates so that water can be drained into the sea, after declaring the flood situation in Bangkok a "national crisis".

The MFA also advises Singaporeans to defer non—essential travel to Bangkok until the flood situation improves.

In its statement on Thursday, MFA said that given the severity of the situation, the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok has been advising Singaporeans there to take all necessary precautions and will provide them consular assistance.

It said Singaporeans who are in or travelling to Thailand, should eRegister with MFA at http://eregister.mfa.gov.sg.

This will allow MFA to keep them updated on latest developments and contact them should the need arise.

Singaporeans who require consular assistance can contact the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok or the MFA Duty Office (24—hours).

MFA Duty Office:

Tel: (65) 6379 8800 / (65) 6379 8855

Email: mfa_duty_officer@mfa.gov.sg

Singapore Embassy in Bangkok:

Tel: +66—2—286—2111 (main line) / +66—81—844—3580 (after office hours)

Email: singemb_bkk@sgmfa.gov.sg

— CNA /ls