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Worst flooding in decades reaches Bangkok, Thailand


An elderly disabled person is evacuated from the flooded area in Bangkok's suburbs on Oct. 20, 2011.


An aerial view of a highway just outside of Bangkok, Thailand, on Thursday, Oct. 20. Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra acknowledged Thursday that efforts to block floodwaters from entering the capital are failing and authorities will instead risk potential overflow with a controlled release of water through the city's canals.

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Buddhist monks fill up sand bags to protect their temple from floods in Bangkok's suburbs on Oct. 20, 2011.

Thailand is currently experiencing the worst flooding in decades. Floodwaters have reached Bangkok. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced that because they are not able to stop the water from entering the city, they will attempt to do controlled releases of the water. The flooding caused by monsoon rains, has already killed more than 300 people in the country and displaced millions. It is also affecting the U.S. computer industry, factories in Thailand produce a quarter of the world's hard drives.

From AP:

Western Digital has suspended its operations in Thailand. Floodwaters have affected two factories, which shut down last week. The company said its other hard drive manufacturing facilities, located in Malaysia, are fully operational. But it said flooding will have a significant impact on its ability to meet demand through the end of the year. Western Digital's Thailand operations account for more than half of the company's total hard drive output. Western Digital's stock has fallen 15 percent since the company announced its delays last week.

For the complete story: Thailand flooding could affect PC supplies, prices

For more information: Flooding fears loom large for Bangkok residents

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Thai people carry their belongings through floodwater in Bangkok, Thailand on Oct. 20, 2011. Thailand's premier warned Oct. 20 that it was impossible to stop the kingdom's worst floods in decades gushing into Bangkok, ordering the city's sluice gates to be opened to tackle the "national crisis."

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Thai residents use a boat to leave the area as cars are jammed on a bridge over a flooded highway junction outside of Bangkok, Thailand, on Oct. 20 2011.