Thai Authorities Wage ‘Battle’ With Floodwaters to Save Bangkok
"Thai officials built more barriers around Bangkok as floodwaters edged closer to the city’s center, forcing new evacuations and the closure of one of the country’s biggest shopping malls.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said a 6-kilometer (3.7- mile) wall of sandbags being completed along a canal north of Bangkok will help ease flooding in eastern parts of the capital. Rising floodwaters in the city’s northern suburbs forced the closure of the Central Plaza Ladprao shopping mall, close to the city’s famous Chatuchak weekend market.
Bangkok officials are bolstering a network of dikes, canals and sandbag barriers to help divert a slow-moving mass of floodwater around the city center. The floods have claimed at least 442 506 lives since late July and shuttered 10,000 factories in provinces north of Bangkok, disrupting global supply chains for companies including Sony Corp. and Honda Motor Co. . . . . . "