Bangkok strengthens defenses as floods close in

Reuters: Workers and soldiers raced to finish defensive walls around inner Bangkok on Thursday as floodwater that has covered about a third of Thailand threatened the capital. At least 283 people have been killed around the country by heavy monsoon rain, floods and mudslides since late July and in the past week industrial zones north of Bangkok have been inundated, adding to the damage to the economy. After a meeting with ministers, army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that flood barriers in......

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