Monks Join Relief Efforts Against Devastating Thai Floods

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Bangkok city officials warned communities along the Chao Phraya River to prepare for flooding as dams upstream, swollen by heavy rains, continued to release water as a precaution on Friday.

Residents in Ayutthaya, an ancient city north of the Thai capital, already saw the effect as water overflown from rivers inundating low-lying parts of town.

Monks and novices installed flood walls to protect an ancient temple along the waterway.

Many people were moving their belongings to higher spots while authorities rush to set up evacuation centers at city schools.

Memories of 2011 flood that submerged many parts of Thailand still loom large for many.

At that time, a combination of a strong monsoon season and several tropical storms led to disastrous flooding.

With the water level rising high and fast, some fear the same thing could happen again.

Seven people have died, and one are missing since the weekend from flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Dianmu, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigations said.

It announced on Friday that total of 229,220 households in 31 provinces, mostly in the north, northeast and central regions had been affected. The threat had eased in 13 provinces.

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