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Record Flooding Swamps Thai Capital November 4, 2011
Flooded Bangkok neighborhood
Flooding in Don Meung, one of the northern suburbs of Bangkok, which has been hard hit by Thailand's worst flooding in five decades.
Thailand’s worst flood disaster in half a century surged into the bustling capital of Bangkok.

Residents who appeared determined not to be displaced by the inundation there waded through fetid water to get to work and to collect supplies for their marooned homes.

The nationwide death toll from the expanding inland sea rose to more than 425, with officials warning those who didn’t evacuate of the dangers of electrocution while wading through flooded streets.

More than a third of the country has been swamped from incessant monsoon rains since July, costing billions of dollars in damage to submerged homes, businesses and crops.

The mighty Chao Phraya River, which winds through Bangkok, overflowed its banks when coastal tides rose the already swollen waterway.

Photo: Patrick Brown/Save the Children