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Thai PM tours flooded capital

Thursday, November 03, 2011 - 01:11

Nov 3 - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra hands aid out to Bangkok flood victims. Rough Cut ( No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra toured the Don Muang district in northern Bangkok by boat on Thursday where people in the streets were wading through waist-high water. The prime minister threw Effective Micro-organism balls (EM balls) to help disinfect the filthy water and handed out relief items to waiting flood victims. The country's officials are racing to stack up oversized sandbags in critical areas as a way to stop water flowing into the inner capital city. Thailand's capital survived peak tides at the weekend thanks to a network of dikes and sandbags walls. Most of the inner city remained dry. Bangkok's 12 million people account for 41 percent of Thailand's gross domestic product and neither the central government nor the city administration wants to be seen to be responsible for an inner city deluge. At least 427 people have died since the floods began in July.

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Thai PM tours flooded capital

Thursday, November 03, 2011 - 01:11