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Thailand flood misery continues as scientists say climate change is causing more weather extremes

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Residents walk along a major flooded intersection in the Thonburi area of Bangkok, Thailand, on October 31. Thousands of flood victims have been forced to take shelter at crowded evacuation centers around the capital. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in over 50 years which has affected more than nine million people.

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Residents wade through floodwaters at Bang Phlat district in Bangkok on Nov. 1. Higher than normal tides pushing into the Chao Phraya river from the Gulf of Thailand in recent days have complicated efforts to drain floodwaters flowing from the country's central heartland, where vast areas have been submerged for up to two months.

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Buddhist monks paddle through a flooded temple where hundreds of victims found shelter, in Bangkok on November 1. Anger mounted among victims of Thailand's catastrophic floods on Tuesday as water flooded new neighborhoods as it made its way to sea.

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Commuters travel on a bus through floodwaters in Bangkok on November 1. According to local media reports, it will take at least ten days to drain 5.5 billion cubic meters of floodwaters north of Bangkok around the capital and then into the sea.

The AP reports:

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that extreme weather disasters like the recent record floods in Thailand are striking more often, according to a draft summary of a report obtained by The Associated Press. It says there is at least a 2-in-3 probability that climate extremes have already worsened because of man-made greenhouse gases. Read the full story.

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