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Monday, 17 October 2011

Thailand - Worst Monsoon floods in 50 years

BBC News - One of Thailand's oldest and largest industrial estates has been evacuated after flood waters breached its recently-fortified defences.

It comes as officials say most of Bangkok appears to have escaped the flooding, although some parts of the capital are still under threat.

Water began seeping into Navanakorn industrial estate in Pathum Thani, 45km (30 miles) from Bangkok, on Monday.

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Navanakorn houses some 250 factories, employing up to 200,000 people.

As many as 1,000 soldiers and factory workers worked over the weekend, filling sandbags, reinforcing dykes and repairing holes.

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