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Bangkok's flood defences hold - for now

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Bangkok's flood defences hold - for now


Hopes have been raised that the centre of Thailand’s capital Bangkok might escape the country’s worst floods in decades.

But that is little comfort for those living in the swamped suburbs. One pregnant woman, in desperate need to get to a hospital, had to be rescued by a marine unit after she was stranded by water levels more than a metre deep.

Elsewhere, Thai troops formed a human chain to try to block surging waters from reaching one district as peak tides tested the capital’s defences.

At least 380 people have died since July across Thailand as the waters have moved south.

Water flowing from the north is meeting the high tides in the Gulf of Thailand, 20 kilometres south of the capital. But so far sandbag walls and dikes have largely held, protecting the city centre.

With Bangkok now the government’s focus, authorities are trying to divert the water around the capital and out to sea.

But still people are being advised to leave. Those who have stayed have stockpiled food and essentials, determined to sit it out.

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