05 Nov '11, 8am

Flood waters close in on Bangkok's Chatuchak Market

Flood waters lapped Bangkok's largest outdoor market on Saturday as officials warned that no major barriers now stood in the way to prevent the water from reaching the heart of the Thai capital. -- ST PHOTO BANGKOK (AP) - Flood waters lapped Bangkok's largest outdoor market on Saturday as officials warned that no major barriers now stood in the way to prevent the water from reaching the heart of the Thai capital. Hoping to divert some of the mass of water still piled up in northern Bangkok, workers on Friday night completed a six kilometre flood wall made from massive, hastily assembled sand bags, said Bangkok city spokesman Jate Sopitpongstorn. But the city will have to rely on its existing drainage system to fight water that was already just a few kilometres from the central business district, he said. Water from the country's worst flooding in more than half a century f...

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