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PHOTOS: Thailand floods toll reaches 506; chaos continues

Last updated on: November 6, 2011 18:06 IST

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The death toll from Thailand's worst flooding in decades reached 506 on Sunday, as flood waters threatened to inundate more areas in downtown Bangkok, the interior ministry said.

The Thai Disaster Relief and Mitigation Department said the flooding has wreaked havoc in 25 provinces including Bangkok and nearby provinces. Authorities ordered evacuations for residents in eight of Bangkok's 50 districts by Sunday.

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Image: Residents walk through a flooded street in Bangkok on Sunday
Photographs: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
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Floodwaters were approaching a main road near Bangkok city's Mo Chit bus terminal, a major gateway to northern Thailand, traffic police chief Uthaiwan Kaewsa-ard said.

Across the country, the flooding -- now in its third month -- has affected 25 of Thailand's 64 provinces.


Image: A view of flooded roads in Bangkok on Sunday. The floods in Thailand began in July and have devastated large parts of the central Chao Phraya river basin.
Photographs: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
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Bangkok's central business district is still dry but other parts of the bustling metropolis of 12 million people are inundated.

In Bangkok, floodwater on the Vibhavadi-Rangsit road just a few kms from downtown was 70-80 centimetres high in the afternoon.


Image: A resident uses his mobile phone to take a picture of his family at a flooded street in Bangkok
Photographs: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
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At least 20 per cent of the mega city is already submerged in floodwater raising fears about outbreaks of water borne diseases in the densely populated metropolis.

Efforts are on to steer the floodwaters through canals in the east and west of Bangkok out to the river.


Image: Residents disembark from a military truck as they are evacuated from a flooded area in Bangkok
Photographs: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
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The floodwaters have already inundated the busy Lat Phrao intersection on the fringe of the city centre while the hugely popular weekend market Chatuchak, which has been hit by flood waters, remained open today though many traders stayed away.


Image: A resident builds a temporary shelter to escape flood waters near Wat Hasadawat temple in Thailand's ancient capital Ayutthaya.
Photographs: Adrees Latif/Reuters
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The floods are a result of unusually heavy monsoon rains that began three months ago.


Image: Residents travel on a boat as a bus drives on a flooded street in Bangkok
Photographs: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters
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