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    Thailand PM Visits Bangkok Flood Zone


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    Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva visits flood affected areas north of the capital Bangkok, after the worst floods in decades left 15 people dead.

    Thailand's Prime Minister inspects flood-ravaged areas north of Bangkok on Thursday.

    His visit comes after the country's worst floods in decades hit about a quarter of the country, leaving 15 people dead.

    Officials estimate more than 814,000 people have been affected in 21 provinces.

    The army has been called in to build sandbag dykes and to help locals evacuate to dry land.

    Disaster relief packages were also handed out to flood victims -- and authorities have even sent floating toilets.

    Flooding has swamped tens of thousands of acres of farmland, and damaged at least one major road.

    Authorities fear that the swelling Chao Phraya river that winds through Bangkok and nearby provinces could overflow its banks in the coming week.

    Officials have allocated 3.3 million dollars to disaster relief efforts.