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Thai Floodwaters Rise Near Bangkok, Testing City’s Defenses

Thailand’s government said water levels rose further on Bangkok’s outskirts and may overwhelm defenses, raising concern that the nation’s worst floods in more than 50 years may spread to new areas of the capital.

“Water will enter Bangkok from Rangsit, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani,” Pracha Promnog, head of the government’s Flood Relief Operations Command, said today, referring to areas to the city’s north and west. “Water will flow into Bangkok, which is a low-lying area, and the government isn’t sure how much the city’s drainage system can handle.”