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Floodwaters close in on heart of Thai capital

 Thai residents wade along a flooded area in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Thailand's record floods encroached deeper into the capital Frid...
 Vehicles cross a flooded street at the Lod Praow district in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011.  Thailand's record floods encroached deeper int...
 A Thai woman reacts as she crosses a flooded street in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Thailand's record floods encroached deeper into the c...

APTOPIX Thailand Floods

Thai residents wade along a flooded area in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Thailand's record floods encroached deeper into the capital Frid...

THAILAND FLOODS

Vehicles cross a flooded street at the Lod Praow district in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Thailand's record floods encroached deeper int...

THAILAND FLOODS

A Thai woman reacts as she crosses a flooded street in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Thailand's record floods encroached deeper into the c...

Floodwaters are moving closer to the heart of Thailand's capital, with officials warning that no major barriers are standing in the way to prevent the water from reaching downtown Bangkok.
City spokesman Jate Sopitpongstorn said Saturday that workers have finished building a massive flood wall in hopes of diverting some of the mass of water still piled up in northern Bangkok. But he said the city would have to rely on its existing drainage system to fight water that was already less than 6 miles (10 kilometers) from the central business district.
The flooding, which started in northern Thailand in late July and has killed almost 450 people nationwide, has been spreading across Bangkok's north and west for more than a week.
The government has asked residents in eight of the city's 50 districts to evacuate.


Updated : 2021-03-06 07:25 GMT+08:00