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Thailand floods displace more than 100,000

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A third of Thailand’s provinces have been badly affected by flooding that has left 356 people dead.

At an industrial estate in Pathum Thani, the collapse of flood barriers on Friday, meant the closure of 47 factories and damage costing nearly three quarters of a billion euros at that site alone.

Meanwhile, the country’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is urging all agencies to do what they can to protect the capital, Bangkok. Efforts are being made to divert water to the north of the city, then out to sea.

Thailand is not the only country in south east Asia where heavy rain is wreaking havoc. One hundred and forty-seven people have been killed in flash floods in Myanmar, and the deluge has claimed nearly 250 lives in Cambodia.

Up to 110,000 Thai people have been forced to leave their homes. Large shelters have been set up in Bangkok, including one in a university where students have turned up to help the victims, despite a delay to the start of term.