14 Nov '11, 7am

Angry Bangkok residents damage major floodwall

BANGKOK: Angry residents in inundated northern Bangkok have damaged a major floodwall, officials said Monday, amid growing frustration that parts of the city are suffering badly while the centre stays dry. Around 100 protesters gathered at a section of a 15-kilometre (nine-mile) flood barrier in the district of Don Mueang on Sunday, removing small sandbags and damaging larger ones that were too heavy to move. A local police chief told AFP that residents created a shallow seven-metre- (23-foot-) wide opening in the wall in recent days to relieve badly-flooded neighbourhoods, and on Sunday they managed to deepen the gap to around a metre. Bangkok authorities are expected to repair the damage later on Monday, but demonstrators have threatened to expand their protest if that happens. "(Residents) said yesterday if the government fixes it, they will block the toll road," a majo...

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