Evacuations as Thailand flood deaths rise past 500

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The Independent Online

The death toll from Thailand's worst floods in half a century climbed past 500 yesterday as advancing pools of polluted water threatened Bangkok's subway system and new evacuations were ordered in the capital.

Chatuchak, home to a popular outdoor shopping zone, is the latest area added to the evacuation list. So far Bangkok's governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has ordered evacuations in 11 of 50 districts and partial evacuations in seven more. AP