Thailand flooding death toll rises to 158, 61 in Cambodia

By REUTERS
September 26, 2011 10:08

 
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BANGKOK - The death toll from flooding in Thailand since mid-July has risen to 158, while 61 people have died in neighboring Cambodia in the past two weeks, authorities in the two countries said on Monday.

More than 2 million acres of farmland in Thailand are now under water, an area 11 times the size of Singapore.

"Twenty-three provinces in the lower north and central Thailand are under water and nearly 2 million people have been affected by severe floods and heavy rain," Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

Flooding has also affected the capital, Bangkok, which sits only two meters above sea level. The Chao Phraya river has overflowed into roads in some areas, although the authorities have reinforced its banks to prevent serious flooding.

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