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Thailand Battles Historic Floods

By Eric Roston - 2011-11-24T06:09:22Z

Photograph by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images

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Water laps at Lat Phrao, a major Bangkok shopping and business district, on Nov. 4.

Hundreds of supermarkets and convenience stores in downtown areas sold out of basic necessities.

"There are shortages of eggs, bottled water, pork and milk formula," Vachari Vimooktayon, director general of the government's Internal Trade Department, said on Oct. 25. "Many distribution centers are flooded. We plan to let retailers import products from Malaysia and Singapore."