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Thai Floods Recede in Some Areas as Tidal Surge Hits Bangkok

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said floodwaters are starting to recede in provinces north of Bangkok as a tidal surge swelled the Chao Phraya river to record heights, threatening riverside communities.

Floodwaters in Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya provinces north of Bangkok have started to recede, with rebuilding efforts beginning in some areas, she said in a weekly address today. A high tide until Oct. 31 makes this “a critical period” for the capital, she said.