The floods swamping Thailand may take 6 weeks to recede, says the Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Flooding has killed 356 people so far and displaced more than 110,000. Tremendous amounts of runoff from monsoons in the north of the country have been nearing the capitol for weeks. On Friday, water began spilling over canals within Bangkok's outer districts. The disaster has put nearly 700,000 people out of work as factories suspended operations. The floods are the worst in Thailand since 1942 and are proving an early test for Yingluck, who took power in a tense election in July.
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