29 Oct '11, 4am

Bangkok floods lower than feared

Bangkok floods lower than feared

BANGKOK: Floods engulfing parts of Bangkok should start to recede in the first week of November, the prime minister said Saturday after barriers along the swollen main river prevented a disastrous overflow. The city of 12 million people was on heightened alert because of a seasonal high tide that was expected to coincide with the arrival of runoff water from the central plains, where people have endured weeks of flood misery. The rising waters caused minor flooding again in some riverside areas, including around the Grand Palace, but the tide peaked at 2.5 metres (eight feet) above sea level -- lower than feared -- and most of the city remained unaffected. Residential areas in the northern outskirts of the city, as well as on the western side of the main Chao Phraya river have so far been worst hit, with waist-deep water in places. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who h...

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