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Thailand: Over 320 People Killed in Floods, Gov’t Says It Will Be Impossible to Protect Bangkok

“The Thai government says it will be impossible to protect all of the capital from flooding because of a build-up of water to the north.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said sluice gates would be opened to allow a controlled release of water through parts of Bangkok.

Describing the flooding as a ‘national crisis’, she said officials were doing all they could to solve the problem.

Over 320 people have died in the floods across the country since July.

Central Bangkok is protected by flood barriers which have been reinforced by troops in recent days.

But the run-off from severe flooding in central parts of the country has built up to the north of the capital, and several northern suburbs are already under water.

‘Every direction’

On Wednesday, officials urged residents in seven Bangkok districts to move their possessions to higher ground in preparation for possible flooding.

Ms Yingluck said that every way of slowing the water entering the city had been tried.

‘We cannot block the water forever,’ she said. ‘We need areas that water can be drained through so water can flow out to the sea.'” Read more.

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