7 Nov 2011

Floodwaters set to swamp more parts of Thai capital

9:19 pm on 7 November 2011

More districts of Thailand's capital Bangkok have been warned to evacuate as floodwater continues to move south towards the sea.

The water has now reached the outskirts of the inner city, though the authorities are still battling to keep the commercial heart of Bangkok dry.

More than 500 people have lost their lives as a result of the floods.

Humanitarian organisations are now concerned about communities living among the increasingly dirty water.

More than a third of Bangkok's districts are now subject to full or partial evacuation orders, and still the water keeps coming.

City authorities have been given more pumps to try to force the floodwater through more quickly.

But most experts agree that several areas will remain submerged for at least another two weeks.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra says she plans to set aside more than $US3 billion for post-flood reconstruction.

New Zealander Justin Barnett runs a public relations company in Bangkok, where he's lived for more than a decade.

He told Checkpoint on Monday, the city is an unusual place to be at the moment.