In Thailand there are mounting concerns that areas of the capital Bangkok will be hit by torrents of water rushing into the city from the flood hit north of the country.
Water has risen in the canals where sluice gates have been opened in a bid to help the deluge drain into the sea as authorities admitted they could not hold back the volume of water.
“We will try our best to save the main important city, but of course Bangkok is on the sea level, so it is the last destination for the water to drain into the ocean,” explained Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
The risk to the residential area of the city has been raised with the forecast of heavy rains to come in the next week. It is the latest threat in a crisis that has killed at least 342 people.
“The government said that today or tomorrow the water level will be increased maybe double, so today we have to try and protect the house,” said Kitti Kankrachang, one of many residents who has put sand bags round the base of his house.
The floods – the worst in 50 years – are the first real test for the prime minister whose government has had to form alliances with the military and political rivals to coordinate the relief effort.
It is reckoned the crisis has already cost the country over two billion euros, slashing economic growth.