Thai floods close in on Bangkok

Flood water as high as 50 centimeters creeps into capital; 381 people have been killed in Thailand's worst floods in half a century.

By REUTERS
November 4, 2011 12:50
Flooding in Thailand

Flooding in Thailand. (photo credit: Reuters)

 
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Flood waters as high as 50 centimeters in Thailand crept into one of Bangkok's busiest areas on Friday, as shop-owners pack up their wares and head to higher ground.

Authorities plan to line up thousands of sandbags along the canal that runs into the heart of the capital to block off the water.

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Local media say the government Flood Relief Center has already been forced to move once due to encroaching waters and may have to again.

Thailand's worst floods in half a century have killed 381 people since July, wiped out a quarter of the main rice crop in the world’s biggest rice exporter, forced up global prices of computer hard drives and caused delays in global auto production after destroying industrial zones.

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