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Airport halts flights amid Bangkok flooding

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Bangkok’s second airport has closed amid Thailand’s worst flooding in half a century.

Don Muang airport, used mostly for domestic services, halted operations as water levels were making access difficult for passengers and staff.

The site in the north of the capital is expected to reopen on November 1.

The international airport elsewhere in Bangkok is still open but at Don Muang, which has been used as an evacuation centre, the runways are empty.

Thailand has announced a five-day holiday to give people the chance to escape the floods that have claimed more than 360 lives since mid-July.

Fears are growing for central Bangkok after the latest heavy rain and further showers forecast for Wednesday could complicate an already precarious situation.