Floods continue to batter Thai capital

Advancing pools of filthy water threatened the Thai capital's underground system today and surrounded the emergency headquarters set up to deal with flooding that has claimed more than 500 lives nationwide.

Evacuations as Thailand flood deaths rise past 500

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.

Floodwaters approach centre of Thai capital

Floodwaters are moving closer to the heart of Thailand's capital, with officials warning that no major barriers are standing in the way to prevent the water from reaching central Bangkok.

A mother and baby at an evacuation centre in Bangkok yesterday

Bangkok set to escape worst of flooding as waters start to recede

The Prime Minister of Thailand says she is optimistic that the country's worst flooding in half a century will mostly spare Bangkok, as some dykes overflowed yesterday but the capital's defences otherwise held firm during critical high tides.

Bangkok flood defences hold against high tides

The complex network of flood defences shielding Thailand's capital from the worst floods in nearly 60 years mostly held today as coastal high tides hit their peak. While the city centre was protected, Bangkok's northern outskirts remained inundated along with much of the rest of the country.

Crisis at 'critical point' in flooded Bangkok

Thailand's prime minister said Bangkok was fighting the forces of nature yesterday as residents fled, rivers swelled and floodwater threatened to burst through dikes protecting the capital.

Tens of thousands flee as floods sweep Bangkok

Tens of thousands of Thais are fleeing flood-threatened Bangkok after the city's Governor ordered official evacuations for the first time since the crisis began.

Flooding shuts airport in Bangkok

Advancing floodwaters yesterday shut down commercial flights at Bangkok's second airport, which also housed the country's flood-relief headquarters.

Rising floods shut Bangkok airport

Thailand's floods crisis deepened after water began pouring into Bangkok's second airport, closing it.

Mixed messages over flood threat to Bangkok

The threat of floods inundating Thailand's capital could ease by early next month as record-high water levels in the river carrying torrents downstream from the country's north begin to decline, officials said yesterday.

Thailand flooding could 'last weeks'

Thailand's catastrophic floods may take up to six weeks to recede, the prime minister said today, as the human toll from the crisis rose to 356 dead and more than 110,000 displaced.

Thai PM opens the floodgates in desperate bid to save Bangkok

Thailand's new prime minister last night opted for a high-risk gamble to try and save Bangkok from devastating flooding by allowing some of the surging waters to enter the city.

Yingluck Shinawatra: 'I am capable enough to make my own decisions'

Thailand's new Prime Minister tells Andrew Buncombe that she, not her exiled brother, is pulling the strings to unite a chaotic nation

Thailand's new PM Yingluck Shinawatra secures agreement with coalition colleagues

The woman set to become Thailand’s first female prime minister sought to seize the momentum today, securing an agreement with coalition colleagues in order to bolster her party’s mandate and starting work on what she hopes will become her flagship policies.

Thai voters put their faith in Thaksin's novice sister

In Bangkok's Rajamangala stadium, a venue usually occupied by Thailand's national football team, there were a lot of red shirts. Most of them were decidedly wet red shirts.

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