Bangkok Grapples With Floods

High waters close Don Muang airport

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 25, 2011 5:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Bangkok is slowly being flooded by waters seeping into the Thai capital from the waterlogged center of the country on their way to the Gulf of Thailand. The flooding, the worst the city has seen in at least 70 years, has severed road and rail links and forced the government to take steps to tackle widespread food and water shortages, Bloomberg reports.

Today, floodwaters began seeping into Bangkok's Don Muang airport. The airport, located in the north of the city, is not used for international flights. But domestic flights and aid flights to inundated areas, where flooding has killed more than 350 people, are at risk. The flooding is expect to peak over the weekend and people who live on the city's main river, the Chao Phraya, have been warned that it could burst its banks.

Residents wade through floodwaters in the Rangsit district on the outskirts of Bangkok.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)
Thai soldiers push a boat carrying evacuees in a flooded street in Bangkok.   (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
A resident shows off a catfish caught in floodwaters near the Chao Phraya river in central Bangkok.   (Getty Images)
A tuk tuk drives through flooded streets near the Chao Praya river in Bangkok.   (Getty Images)
Residents make their way through a flooded road near Bangkok's Don Muang airport.   (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
A man, bottom left, walks away after parking his car on an overfly near a flooded street in Bangkok.   (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
Ronald McDonald sits near an almost-submerged Hamburglar in floodwaters in Bangkok.   (Getty Images)
Thai Buddhist monks wade by the flooded Weeru Wanaram temple at Don Muang District in Bangkok.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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