31 Oct '11, 3pm

Anger rises in Thailand as neighbourhoods are sacrificed to the floodwaters in order to keep central Bangkok dry:

Anger rises in Thailand as neighbourhoods are sacrificed to the floodwaters in order to keep central Bangkok dry:

BANGKOK - Tensions were rising between Thai residents and authorities in flooded parts of Bangkok on Monday, with hundreds protesting that their homes were being sacrificed in attempts to keep the city centre dry. Police said 200 to 300 people gathered to demand the wider opening of a sluice gate in the northeastern district of Khlong Sam Wa, but the officials held firm and at one point formed a human chain to keep back the villagers. "The FROC (Flood Relief Operations Centre) has asked the army to send personnel to areas where it has conflicts. The army has sent 200 military police to back up police forces," said defence minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha. Hopes are growing that central Bangkok will be spared from major inundation after barriers along Bangkok's swollen Chao Phraya River prevented a major overflow during a spring high tide over the weekend. But the UN's Office f...

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