Friday 15 December 2017

Flooded Bangkok holds out against peak tide


Defences shielding the centre of Thailand's capital from the nation's worst floods in nearly 60 years mostly held at critical peak tides yesterday, as the waters began to recede after killing almost 400 people.

But the threat to central Bangkok was not over, the prime minister said, and the city's northern districts remained submerged, along with much of the countryside.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra urged citizens to let the crisis run its course as the floodwaters slowly drain to the sea, with Bangkok lying in their path. The floods that have besieged central Thailand for weeks submerged entire towns across the country's heartland.

"We have the good news that the situation in the central region has improved as runoff water gradually decreased," she said.

"I thank people and urge them to be more patient in case this weekend is significant because of the high tide."

Bangkok residents watched the city's dikes and sandbag barriers warily as the high tide pushing up the Chao Phraya River from the Gulf of Thailand peaked yesterday morning. It had been described as the greatest test of the capital's flood defences since the northern deluge first approached Bangkok more than three weeks ago.

Sunday Independent

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