30 Oct '11, 8pm

Bangkok floods 'still serious'

Bangkok floods 'still serious'

BANGKOK: Residents living along canals in parts of northern Bangkok were warned on Sunday to be ready to evacuate if needed because of the spread of floods that have so far spared most of the Thai capital. Emergency barriers along Bangkok's swollen Chao Phraya River prevented a major overflow during a spring high tide over the weekend, easing fears that the waterway might burst its banks and engulf the city of 12 million people. The majority of the capital, including the business and shopping districts, remains dry and weeks of heavy rain have given way to mostly sunny skies. But a mass of runoff water continues to creep into the capital's outskirts, with several residential areas in the north submerged by waist-deep brown liquid, while the western side of the Chao Phraya has also been inundated. "The problem is not yet over. It's still serious," said Bangkok governor Sukh...

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