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Death Toll Rises to 506 As Floods Ravage Thailand

506 people are now confirmed dead as Thailand suffers its worst flooding for over half a century.

Polluted black water, which has tore through large parts of Thailand, has now reached the outer neighbourhoods of the capital, Bangkok

Thailand has been battered by heavy since the end of July.

The flood water has begun to recede in provinces north of the capital. However, runoff has accumulated around Bangkok with some neighbourhoods totally submerged.

More to come... A man wades through the polluted flood water

The world-famous Chatuchak Weekend Market, a major tourist attraction in Bangkok, was officially open today but flood water poured down its eastern side making most people stay away.

The flood water is also moving towards the district of Lad Phrao, which is home to many business tower blocks and major shopping malls.

A 3.7 mile flood wall was hastily constructed on friday to protect the city but the flood water has already breached parts of it.

PM Yingluck Shinawatra has promised $3.3bn to help resurrect the damaged areas. The clean up operation is due to start next week in the areas were the flood water has subsided.

The next few days are sure to be Bangkok’s toughest for a generation.

The city has worked tirelessly to improve its drainage system for the heavy rain it receives in the monsoon season. However, rain on this level was not planned for.

Three months of rain now accumulates around Bangkok. With more rain due, the 12m inhabitats face a battle to survive.

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