Bangkok Grapples With Floods

High waters close Don Muang airport
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2011 5:40 AM CDT
Bangkok Grapples With Floods
Residents wade through floodwaters in the Rangsit district on the outskirts of Bangkok.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)

(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.

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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. (Read more Thailand stories.)

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