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Thai floods threaten Bangkok

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The worst flooding in Thailand in decades is inching closer and closer to Bangkok as barriers to the north of the capital are breached one after the other.

More than 300 people have been killed since heavy rains began in August.

Around nine million people in one third of the country’s provinces are affected, and hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland are swamped.

Thailand’s new prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has admitted her government has been overwhelmed by the crisis.

The estimated economic cost is also rising – already into the billions of euros.