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Floods continue to inundate Thailand

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 01:29

October 14 - Thousands of Thai flood victims take shelter in evacuation centres as Thailand faces its worst floods in five decades. Sophia Soo reports

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Water levels continue to rise in Thailand, even when the country tries to deal with its worst flooding in 50 years. At least 289 people have been killed around the country by heavy monsoon rain, floods and mudslides since late July. In Ayutthaya's economic zone, workers were forced to leave, as water reached above their heads. At least three big industrial estates in the province have shut down temporarily. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) VICE PRESIDENT OF TAKAHATA, WATTANA TRAKANKUL SAYING: "Everything is damaged. The water came in. But we had moved things out before that, only the heavy machines couldn't be moved, so now it's all gone." Thousands of flood victims packed into a university stadium that has been turned into an evacuation centre on the outskirts of Bangkok. Volunteers gave out food while more than 2,000 evacuees tried to make the best out of it. (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 71-YEAR-OLD EVACUEE FROM AYUTTHAYA, SUPANNEE BOONCHOKE, SAYING: "I'm so stressed but I can't talk to anyone, we are all the same here… everyone is in the same situation." The north, northeast and central plains of Thailand have been worst hit. And Bangkok is now in danger, as water overflows from reservoirs in the north, swelling the Chao Phraya river. Sophia Soo, Reuters.

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Floods continue to inundate Thailand

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 01:29