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The inner portion of Bangkok has seen little affect from the floods, overflowing has been confined mainly to the northern and eastern parts of the city.
The greatest threat will come at the end of this month when high ocean tides prevent water from entering the Gulf of Thailand easily.
Residents of 27 communities along Chao Phraya river outside the flood protection barrier have been told to move to higher ground.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra on Saturday denied that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration had fully opened water gates to let flood water flow through the capital to the sea.
Responding to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's use of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act 2007 to order the BMA to open the water gates, Sukhumbhand said the government had not notified the BMA to open water gates 100 percent but had let the agency exercise its own judgment.
According to the PM, differences in elevation made it difficult to divert the water from Bangkok. The eastern side of Bangkok is higher and more powerful water pumps were needed. Draining to western Bangkok was also not effective because the area was also high. "If we cannot manage this, the water will overflow and flood Bangkok," she warned.The current flood has hit 175 districts as of now in 28 provinces, affecting 2.45 million people, and the death toll stood at 356 deaths with two persons missing, the National Flood Relief Centre reported Saturday.
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