BANGKOK - Thailand's prime minister called for all agencies to
collaborate to protect the capital from a potential deluge of floodwater
on Saturday as thousands fled high-risk areas or scrambled to protect
Thailand's worst flooding in 50 years has been threatening to hit
Bangkok for several days and Yingluck Shinawatra's government was
pinning its hopes on diverting flood-waters from the north around the
city and into the sea.
Bangkok was clear and sunny for a second day on Saturday, but the threat
of heavy rain still loomed large, with defense walls holding, for now,
and canals already full to the brim carrying millions of cubic meters of
water towards the sea.
"The water is coming close to Bangkok," Yingluck said in a televised address on Saturday.