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Thailand floods: Fears ease in Bangkok as barriers hold

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Media captionThe BBC's Rachel Harvey says Thailand faces a national crisis

Thai officials say the centre of Bangkok looks to have escaped the worst of the severe flooding which has inundated other parts of the country.

But humanitarian organisations say residents in areas already under water will need help for weeks to come.

Officials had warned the weekend would be key in determining how much of the capital might fall victim to floods.

With another peak high tide to come on Monday evening, river embankments have mostly held firm.

'Sacrificed'

But there is no room for complacency. Around the outskirts of Bangkok, several districts have been swamped by water, chest-deep in places.

The run-off from inundated provinces to the north is continuing to flow steadily towards the sea.

Efforts to divert as much of that water as possible around inner Bangkok rather than through it have been largely successful.

But that has angered residents living in submerged suburbs who feel they have been sacrificed for the sake of the centre.

It will take weeks for the flood waters to recede and only then will officials be able to gauge the full extent of the damage.

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