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Bangkok breathes easier as floodwaters begin to recede

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Soldiers help a woman cross through floodwaters during an evacuation from a flood-hit village in Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-In district, a suburb of Bangkok, Thailand, on October 17.

The AP reports from BANGKOK:

 Thailand's capital was breathing easier Monday as barriers protecting Bangkok from the country's worst flooding in half a century held together and the government said floodwaters ravaging provinces just north of the capital had begun receding for the first time.

Authorities said the death toll rose to 307, however, mostly from drowning. And outside the capital, thousands of people remain displaced and hungry residents were struggling to survive in half-submerged towns. On Sunday, the military rescued terrified civilians from the rooftops of flooded buildings in the swamped city of Ayutthaya, one of the country's hardest-hit. Continue reading.

The capital of Thailand is locked in an epic battle to stop floodwaters inundating its streets. The next few days are critical, as water levels continue to rise in the worst floods to hit the country for decades. ITN's John Irvine reports.

See more images of the flooding on PhotoBlog.