07 Nov '11, 4am

Floods threaten Bangkok's subway system and surround emergency HQ, as death toll passes 500

Floods threaten Bangkok's subway system and surround emergency HQ, as death toll passes 500

The nationwide death toll from flooding in Thailand has climbed past 500, as the polluted black water continues its march through parts of the capital. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK (AP) - Advancing pools of filthy water threatened the Thai capital's subway system on Monday and surrounded the emergency headquarters set up to deal with flooding that has claimed more than 500 lives nationwide. Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has ordered evacuations in 11 of Bangkok's 50 districts, and partial evacuations apply in seven more, as the huge runoff from monsoon-buffeted central Thailand seeps south through the metropolitan area to the sea. The evacuations are not mandatory, and most people are staying to protect homes and businesses. But the orders illustrate how far flooding has progressed into the city and how powerless the government has been to stop it. The latest district add...

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