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Bangkok rushes to dig canals to prevent flooding
Thailand rushes to dredge canals, dig waterways to protect Bangkok from floods
By The Associated Press

BANGKOK (AP) ' Emergency crews are racing to repair a key barrier protecting Bangkok's northern suburbs from approaching flood waters, but no evacuation order for the area has been issued.

Repair work to the Khlong Ban Phrao Floodgate was being expedited Friday and area residents were asked to remain on alert for flooding.

Erroneous reports Thursday said that flood waters had broken through the gate, leading the government to order residents to urgently evacuate.

The Flood Relief Center later apologized for the "misinformation," saying the evacuation order had been reversed and that damage to the gate had been overestimated.

Pathum Thani Gov. Peerasak Hinmuangkao said the gate would be repaired by late Friday.

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