October 16th, 2011
01:15 AM ET

Death toll from 2 months of lashing rain rises to 297 in Thailand

The death toll from the worst floods in half a century to hit Thailand continues to rise.

By early Sunday morning, the number stood at 297 from two months of lashing rain, with more than 8.5 million in 61 provinces affected by the rising waters, authorities said.

More rain was predicted for Sunday in some provinces and in the capital city, Bangkok.

In the ancient city of Ayutthara, one of the worst-hit regions, military trucks moved slowly down the main street, cutting through a constant river of water, passing out aid to those who can get close.

Anyone with a boat used it to transport aid or to help neighbors carry their possessions from flooded houses. Others used rubber tires of slabs of Styrofoam.

In Bangkok, crews worked feverishly, widening canals and strengthening flood barriers to protect the city.

"I have to say here that there is a lot of water coming to Bangkok but the situation not critical yet," said Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

The Bangkok suburb of Sam Kok is sandwiched between the overflowing Chao Phraya River and the 2.5-meter floodwalls that are so far successfully protecting the inner and commercial part of the capital. The water here has nowhere to go and levels are rising fast.

"In one or two days (flood waters) will pass through Bangkok, but the fact is that the impact of such flow would be less if the water was allowed to pass through, rather than concentrated in one area," the Flood Relief Operations Command said Sunday.

Floods are an annual occurrence in the country but it has been particularly acute this year.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. leeintulsa

    Unbelievable.

    On a lighter note: bangkok... Hehe..

    October 16, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    I have a big strap on.

    October 16, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    mines bigger

    October 16, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    Good night, banasy. Have fun with your strap on, 44DD's, leather mask and whips, ben wa balls, blow up dude, dresser drawer full o fun, 🙂 Night.

    October 16, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    Just kidding, banasy,,,Good Night

    October 16, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I'm beginning to re-evaluate all of the 12/21/2012 theory..
    oh, wait a minute.
    This happened over 50 years ago, also?
    Well, then...
    Never mind.
    My sympathy to the Thai people for all they are going through.

    @leeintulsa: *giggle*

    The Beavis and Butthead show lives on through you...

    October 16, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @Jess Frank Troll:

    When did you starting sharing you "toys"?

    No, thanks.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobcat2u.

    It's Obamas fault.

    October 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RUFFNUTT ( ELF SLAYER & BUGBEAR KILLER )

    a bunch of inner tubes could have saved theese people... or water waiters...

    October 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©
    October 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    What's up with that? ^^^^

    October 17, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |