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Moonsoon rains hit Malaysia
AFAR
10/6/2002 11:06:00 AM



BANGKOK, Thailand -- Thailand will experience more serious flooding if monsoon rains continue into next week. Since early August, flooding has claimed 122 lives.

The Chao Phraya River, which runs through the capital, is steadily rising. The rising flood waters have forced people in most central Thai provinces to travel by boat, and have turned high streets into floating markets.

On the outskirts of the capital in central Sing Buri Province, 144 km (90 miles) north of Bangkok, the Chao Phraya River walls collapsed, killing more than 10,000 chickens, and damaging over a million hectares (2.5 million acres)of farmland.

The cost of damages from this calamity is currently estimated at 1.54 billion baht ($35.41 million).

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