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“We are telling the truth, not concealing anything from the people,” she said. “We have been doing everything we can, but this is a big national crisis. On our own, we can’t get it done. We need unity from every side, and today we must set politics aside.”

The administration’s low point in handling the floods may have been Oct. 13, when Science Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi issued a spur-of-the-moment order on live television to immediately evacuate an area north of Bangkok.

Within 20 minutes, he and his colleagues from the government’s flood emergency team were back on the air to rescind the order.