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Thailand:Spring tide floods central Bangkok again

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 13,2011

Another spring tide has begun to hit Thailand, causing river water to spill out in some districts in central Bangkok.

The water level of the Chao Phraya River that runs through the city center rose around 9 AM, when the tide reached its peak on Saturday.

Some districts where the river overflowed were under about 30 centimeters of water.

Efforts to pump out water have kept the flood from spreading so far.

A street vendor says she has been keeping the water out by stacking sand bags, but that she will have to close her stall if the water level rises further.
Meanwhile, massive floodwaters from central Thailand remain about 5 kilometers from the center of the city.

Few shoppers are visiting Chatuchak market in northern Bangkok, which is popular among foreign tourists, as roads around it remain submerged.

A street vendor selling clothes says he opened his stand as he had had no income for the past 3 weeks.

Water is being pumped into canals, and water levels are gradually decreasing in some districts in Bangkok.

However, such efforts may be hindered by the spring tide, which will peak on Sunday.

Laaska News.