Flood danger to Thai capital rises

BANGKOK - The threat of serious flooding in Bangkok was growing because of the volume of water running down from the center of Thailand, and one inner city area was under threat on Thursday after floodwater breached a waterworks canal, officials said.
Pracha Promnok, justice minister and head of the government's flood crisis centre, told Channel 3 television that city officials had been pumping water out overnight in the Samsen and Makkasan areas, which are just north of the royal palace and other sites visited by tourists.
"I'm worried about Bangkok residents because if we can't control the situation or things go wrong with the water pumping machine or we can't pump water in time, then there's a chance that our Bangkok will be swamped," Pracha said.
The water level early in the morning was still manageable, he said.
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