14 Nov '11, 1pm

Tensions rise in Bangkok as government sacrifices some areas to save others from flooding:

Tensions rise in Bangkok as government sacrifices some areas to save others from flooding:

BANGKOK - Angry residents in flooded Bangkok protested on Monday, briefly blocking a major highway as frustration mounted that parts of the Thai capital are suffering badly while the centre stays dry. Thailand's worst floods in half a century, triggered by months of unusually heavy monsoon rains, have left at least 562 people dead around the kingdom and damaged millions of homes and livelihoods. After weeks of flooding, waters in some Bangkok districts have receded significantly. An AFP photographer said the water level in Lat Phrao and Mo Chit areas, on the northern edge of the city centre, had fallen by nearly a metre in 48 hours and inhabitants were no longer using boats to get around. But elsewhere anger is growing that residential areas are being sacrificed to preserve Bangkok's commercial and tourist heart. In the west of the city, around 200 people blocked a section...

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