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Thai monk joins battle to shield Bangkok from sweeping floods

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A Buddhist monk prepares sandbags to be used as flood barriers at Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, suburban Bangkok, Thailand, on October 19. Three months of heavy monsoon rains have damaged the homes and livelihoods of millions of people and forced tens of thousands to seek refuge in shelters.

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As the worst flooding in decades has left large parts of Thailand underwater, authorities are working on holding back the water from the center of Bangkok. Jon Sparks of the UK's Channel 4 News reports.