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Bangkok prepares for flood water arrival

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With high ocean tides hitting for two days starting October 16 and local Thai media reporting that confusing signals are being sent by “Who’s in charge?” Bangkok is in an uneasy state.

Across the northern part of the city’s suburbs, dikes and sluice gates are being reinforced and extended vertically.

Meanwhile, the Pheu Thai-led national government is attempting to display cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, which is controlled by the opposition Democrat party.

News reports are filled with recounts of what public officials said or didn’t say about the dangers posed to Bangkok by the water flowing from the northern Thailand to the sea. The man in the middle appears to be Thailand’s Minister of Science Plodprasob Surassawadee, who is the government’s man in charge of the flooding response. On Thursday he ordered evacuation, but later said no such orders were issued.

No panic is seen in Bangkok at this point, just one big question, “What happens next?”

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