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Thailand Flooding May Last For Weeks

Residents make their way along flooded streets on the outskirts of Bangkok on Saturday. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years.

Residents make their way along flooded streets on the outskirts of Bangkok on Saturday. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years.

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They're paddling in the streets north of Bangkok: after weeks of flooding in Thailand, water is massing just outside the central part of the capital, as the AP reports. Today the provincial governor warned Bangkok residents heavy flooding is imminent in several city districts, including areas set aside to shelter flooding evacuees.

A combination of intense rain storms and powerful typhoons have created the worst monsoon season in decades. Over the weekend, Thailand's prime minister warned the flood threat could go on for more than another month.

It's not just in Thailand. Cambodia, Laos, the the Philippines and Vietnam are suffering through the moonsoons, which have killed more than 700 people, many of them children. There are new reports of flash flooding in Burma recently that may have killed 100 people, according to AFP, which adds thousands of homes were destroyed or lost.

The extended disaster may lead to food shortages. Bloomberg cites the UN, which says the storms have badly damaged farmland needed for rice crops. Roads have been damaged too, so people who need assistance may have trouble getting it. Thailand is the world's largest exporter of rice, so the flood effects may be felt farther away.

Shoppers looking for computers may see a ripple effect. Reuters notes Thailand is a leading maker of disk drives. Factories closed by flooding could slow production of the vital computer parts.

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