Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Floodwater approaching northern Bangkok

Residents and troops are piling up sandbags along canals in northern Bangkok to try to stop floodwater from reaching central parts of the Thai capital.

Floods caused by the record rainfall have so far killed 315 people and affected more than 2.4 million people.

6 industrial complexes have been inundated, damaging facilities of about 430 Japanese-affiliated companies.

Flood damage is spreading downstream along the Chao Phraya River, and approaching Bangkok.

On Monday, Bangkok's governor ordered about 1.2 million sandbags to be placed along canals branching from the river.

Local people and troops are piling up sandbags up to a height of about 1.5 meters.

The entrance way to the Nava Nakorn industrial complex, north of Bangkok, is totally inundated, and the only access is by boat. more