Bangkok braces for heavy flooding this weekend

floods in Thailand

Bangkok is now preparing for the worst, as flood waters threaten to breach the city's barriers in the next days.

With additional rains forecast and waters from the Northern provinces headed for the capital, the Government is taking all necessary precautions.

Water heading for Bangkok is being diverted, sandbags have been laid around the Chao Phraya River and flood barriers are being erected.

Almost 300 people have died and over 8 million people have been affected by the heavy rains in Thailand since July 25, according to Government estimates.

OCHA's Kirsten Mildren is in Bangkok.

"Now where the real risk is, is this weekend, because we have high tide, heavy rains still coming down, and that's when the rest of the waters from the north is expected to come. So if its going to flood in Bangkok, it will this weekend. So they're certainly doing everything they can, the national efforts to make sure that doesn't happen."

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