07 Oct '11, 4pm

Bangkok faces flood crisis

BANGKOK: Thailand's prime minister warned Friday that Bangkok was under threat from the country's worst floods in decades as the authorities stepped up efforts to protect the capital and key industrial areas. "The flooding situation is now considered a serious crisis," Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said in a nationally televised address. "It is going to directly affect Bangkok." Homes, roads and factories are already inundated just north of the low-lying capital, which has so far escaped major flooding, but more storms are expected in the days to come. Many residents in affected areas have ignored the government's appeal to evacuate to safe areas, preferring to stay and guard homes submerged by the rising waters, which have left 252 people dead. The authorities raced to put up flood walls alongside canals and rivers on Bangkok's northern outskirts as huge amounts of m...

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