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    Floods in northeast Thailand caused by weeks of tropical rain are now threatening the capital Bangkok.

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    Floods in northeast Thailand caused by weeks of tropical rain are now threatening the capital Bangkok. More than 50,000 people are at risk.

    by house effects, trucks and evacuating bufferlos.

    Temples around the region turned into refugee centre, and local government has movilzee every organisation for helping the flood refugees.

    The flooded water is slowly moving toward south. If tropical storms continue to hit this area, flooding area will be badly increasing.

    SYNOPSIS: Large areas of Thailand, and other Asian Countries are under water. Floods in India this year have been the worst for over a century, and now the countries of Indo-China are suffering similar disruption. Radio Thailand reported on Monday (2 October) that two weeks of heavy rain have caused floods which are sweeping through several northern provinces.

    It is the third time this year that the region has been flooded, and the reported death toll is at least 36. Flash floods have been responsible for several of the casualties. The water behind five dams rose above the safe level, and the dams have had to be opened. Some of the flooding and hardship in this area of Khon Kaen followed the opening of a dam.

    Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes to safer areas. Water is having to be sponsored off from behind the Ubon Rat dam, building the floods to danger level in the suburbs of Khon Kaen city. Roads are packed with people fleeing the floods, while children use makeshift water transport near their flooded school.

    People salvage what they can from their flooded houses, and ferry their goods to safety by whatever they can use for a raft. Belongings saved from the floods are piled at roadsides.

    The hazard is increased by the waters of the swollen northern rivers pouring into the main Chao Phraya river. There are fears that several more provinces in the central region may be affected, including the capital Bangkok.

    Vietnam is suffering under even worse floods. There, an estimated two million people have been affected and over 70 lives lost. A new tropical storm "Lola", is heading for the north of the country from across the South China sea, adding to the anxieties of the homeless.

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