Bangkok floods spark mass exodus

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Bangkok floods spark mass exodus

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Thailand’s government has told Bangkok residents to leave the capital due to floods.

The city of 12 million people has been placed on high alert by authorities, sparking a mass exodus.
High tides and flood waters are expected to gush into the area this weekend.

Heavier-than-usual monsoon rains have left at least 377 people dead in the past three months.

Residents have been flocking to rail and bus stations and jamming roads as they try to search for higher ground.
The government says the military could be called upon to help transport people to outlying provinces.

Bangkok’s domestic airport has been shut due to the floods, but its international airport is operating as normal.

Northern and central Thailand are the worst affected areas. Flash floods have also wreaked havoc in Cambodia over the past two months.

Officials there say at least 200 people have died and as many as 1.5 million have been displaced.

Cambodia’s most severe floods for a decade have also left 250,000 people homeless.