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Yingluck Shinawatra says she is Optimistic the Country’s Worst Floods in 50 years will Spare Most of Bangkok



Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra talks with a flood victim during her visit to tambon Phong Pheng in Ang Thong’s Pa Mok district yesterday. THITI WANNAMONTHA

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she is optimistic the country’s worst floods in 50 years will spare most of Bangkok, as some overflowed the dikes, but the defenses of the capital, otherwise remained strong criticism at high tide .

The waters are receding in many areas flooded in Thailand – leaving 381 people dead – but the misery continued for several communities still under water and efforts to protect Bangkok with continuous fever, such as water runoff from the north was opened step on the way to the Gulf of Thailand.

Rescuers evacuated a pregnant woman abandoned in the flooded district of Thonburi on the northern outskirts of the city.

The network of defense against the city’s main dams of the Chao Phraya river broke into at least two quarters, as a record tide pushed up the gulf.

Water poured into the streets as city workers and troops rushed to shore up the concrete walls of sandbags.

Prime Minister Shinawatra Bangkok residents Yingluck said to be “safe” while addressing a meeting of government crisis, saying it can not be overflowing in some areas, but it causes no harm.

“We will recover soon,” he said.

Governor of Bangkok, Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the Chao Phraya reached a record of 2.53m earlier today, just above what was previously said dam heights of 2.5 meters.

However, the tides are expected to fall below critical levels after tomorrow, and officials have suggested that the situation will improve after floods.

The floods have submerged entire villages through the heart of the country and hundreds of factories closed in the last two months. In the last week, the waters have reached the outer districts of the capital, while the central districts of skyscrapers, apartment towers and glitzy malls have remained dry.

High tides this weekend have been described as the biggest test of the flood defenses of the capital, and many business owners care hastily built temporary walls around their entrances.

While some of Bangkok remained intact, areas along the outskirts of the city was flooding spread. Seven of the 50 districts of Bangkok – all in the northern and western suburbs – are very flooded. Another eight districts have been less severe floods.

Thousands of Bangkok residents used a special five-day vacation out of town, with some caution warnings confused about the threat of floods and other stakeholders on scarce supplies in stores after weeks of panic buying and floods linked to distribution problems.

The governor highlighted the threat to health services. He urged residents to create less waste, saying garbage were having trouble reaching all areas of Bangkok.

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