16 Oct '11, 6am

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RANGSIT, Thailand (AP) - Flood barriers protecting the Thai capital from the country's worst floodwaters in decades have been holding up so far. Communities neighbouring Bangkok have been swamped, and nationwide 297 people have been killed. But the elaborate system flood walls, canals, dikes and underground tunnels protecting Bangkok kept flooding at bay for most of the capital on Sunday, amid signs the city's danger may be easing. Adisak Kantee, deputy director of Bangkok's drainage department, says runoff from the north has decreased slightly and high tides that could have impeded drainage to the Gulf of Thailand have not been severe as expected. It may be several days before the city is fully out of danger. In the meantime, nervous residents have cleared supermarkets of bottled water, and sandbagged key properties.

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