October 17th, 2011
01:25 AM ET

Thai capital escapes worst of flooding

Thai authorities on Monday moved to ease fears that the devastating floods that have engulfed much of the country will swamp the capital.

The country's Flood Relief Operation Command (FROC) reported that flood defense measures in low-lying Bangkok have held and that the bloated Chao Praya River has not risen any further.

There had been fears that further heavy rain over the weekend combined with the spring high tides would overwhelm parts of the city.

"The water situation in Bangkok city is no longer a worry and today is the end of the high tide period," FROC spokesperson Wim Rungwattanachinda told CNN.

However, Irrigation department director general Chalit Damrongsak warned the situation remained critical as water from low-lying areas north of Bangkok still needed to drain.

"It is not over," he said, in quotes carried by Agence France-Presse.

So far, 297 people have been killed during months of monsoon rains across Thailand, with more than 8.5 million in 61 provinces affected by the rising floodwater.

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