Thai PM calls for unity to defend capital from floods

October 22, 2011 07:39


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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 their homes.

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.

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