1. DISASTER

    U.S. Military to Survey Thailand Floods

    BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 29: The Royal Palace is reflected in flood waters as a man walks down a partially-flooded street on October 29, 2011 in Bangkok, Thailand.  Around 370 people have died in flood-related incidents since late July according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years with damages running as high as USD 6 billion which could increase as the floods swamp Bangkok.  (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

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    After initially saying it didn't need assistance, the Thai government has asked a U.S. warship docked in Bangkok to help survey the floods inundating the capital. So far, Bangkok's dikes have held, but with the flood expected to peak Saturday and water already seeping into the royal complex, monks are stacking sandbags and residents are buying life preservers and boats. People continue to evacuate, and roads out of the city are jammed. The flood has also disrupted supply chains, causing the Bank of Thailand to slash its growth forecast to 2.6 percent from 4.1 percent.

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