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Thailand floods

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Barriers are successfully protecting Bangkok from the floods.
Thailand floods

This aerial picture shows a temple surrounded by flood waters in the ancient capital city of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, on October 16, 2011. Flood defenses protecting the Thai capital held up on October 16, but the advancing waters that have swamped the inland still threaten to engulf Bangkok in a disaster that has claimed 300 lives. Thailand's worst floods in decades have inundated huge swathes of the kingdom, swallowing homes and businesses, shutting down industry, and forcing tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in shelters.

CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT