20 Oct '11, 8am

Pictures: Thai PM to ask Bangkok to open all floodgates

Pictures: Thai PM to ask Bangkok to open all floodgates

Vehicles battle through flood waters on outbound Phaholyothin Road near Future Park Rangsit Shopping Complex. -- ASIA NEWS NETWORK PHOTO: CHAROON THONGNUAL BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand's premier said on Thursday she would ask the Bangkok authorities to open all of the city's floodgates to drain water into the sea, increasing the risk of inundation in the capital. 'I have decided to ask Bangkok to open all gates, which could trigger an overflow, in order to drain water into the sea as soon as possible,' Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said at an emergency meeting. 'At the same time water pumps will help pump out water and city officials will clear waterways of hyacinth plants,' she said. Inner Bangkok has so far escaped major flooding as the authorities divert water to areas outside the main capital in a bid to prevent the Chao Phraya River bursting its banks and flooding th...

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