Bangkok braces but safe so far from floods

By REUTERS
October 16, 2011 05:44

 
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BANGKOK - Relief workers reinforced barriers on Sunday to help defend Thailand's capital, Bangkok, from the country's worst floods in half a century and efforts were stepped up to protect a huge industrial estate to the city's north.

Despite heavy rain in parts of Bangkok late on Saturday, areas inside the defensive system of dikes and canals have so far been spared the flooding that has devastated a third of the country, killing at least 297 people and causing about $3 billion in damage.

The north, northeast and center of Thailand have been worst hit and Bangkok - much of it only two meters (6.5 ft) above sea level - is at risk as water overflows from reservoirs in the north, swelling the Chao Phraya river that winds through the densely populated and low-lying city.

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