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More than 32 dead in Thai floods
People are transported in a boat as others tread through the floodwaters on the main street in Angthong province north of Bangkok, 08 October 2006
Flooding has hit many parts of the country
More than 32 people are now known to have been killed in floods in Thailand.

Five bodies were found in Chiang Mai province on Monday - the latest victims of the flooding which has struck intermittently since late August.

Another 138,000 people have fallen ill, mostly from waterborne diseases. The floodwaters are said to be full of parasitic leeches and human waste.

The Public Health Ministry has asked residents not to wade through flooded areas if possible.

Floods have hit a total of 43 provinces in the country's north, north-east and central regions since late August - the height of the rainy season.

Officials estimate that 648,000 acres (262,000 hectares) of rice fields and farmland have been destroyed.




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