03 Nov '11, 7am

One-fifth of Bangkok flooded

BANGKOK: One fifth of Bangkok is now under water as Thailand's worst floods in half a century spread through the capital, prompting warnings for affected residents to evacuate, an official said Thursday. Many people, however, have ignored the advice, choosing to stay in their inundated homes despite risks including electrocution and disease as well as shortages of food and drinking water. "In terms of area about 20 percent of the capital is under flood water but nobody knows the exact population affected," said a spokesman for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Jate Sopitpongstorn. "There are 11,000 evacuees living in temporary shelters across the city." While the centre of the capital remains dry, some northern and western parts have been submerged in dirty water that is waist-deep or higher in places. Nationwide 437 people have been killed in the disaster, though s...

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