Thailand flood: Toll rises to 32, Bangkok alerted

Posted By: Nitsi
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Bangkok, Oct 23: Heavy rains in Thailand have caused flooding in 30 of 77 provinces, which claimed 32 lives and thousands homeless this week, government reports said on Saturday, Oct 23.

Sources said the worst affected areas were Nakhon Ratchasima and Buriram in the north-east where local officials blamed rapid urbanization with little consideration for the environment.

Some people criticised the government for not issuing early warnings to flood prone areas, especially in remote districts.

Reports said Bangkok, a city of 10 million, has been put on high alert for possible flooding on Oct 24 and and 25 from the swollen Chao Phrya River, which runs through the capital.

Government and private sector sources estimated that the floods had already caused 265 million dollars in damage.

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