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Decommissioned Thai Airways planes sit on a flooded tarmac at Don Mueang Airport.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

Vehicles are parked on an elevated highway to avoid floodwaters in the northern part of the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAZUKI MUHAMMAD / Reuters

A man stands in front of his house along the newly flooded streets near the Chao Phraya River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

A suburb is plagued by high water.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty Images

Buddhist monks pray behind bags of food donated by the government.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUKREE SUKPLANG / Reuters

Thai residents look out of their flooded home at Khlong Rapi Pat in Khlong Luang. A floodgate about 5.5 miles long at Khong Rapi Pat is one of the most crucial of the last fortifications preventing flood waters from the north to flow into Bangkok. Around 350 people have died in flood-related incidents since late July. according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. Thailand is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years with damage running as high as $6 billion, which could increase if the floods swamp Bangkok.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images AsiaPac

A resident wades along a flooded main street in Don Muang district. Thailand announced a five-day holiday Tuesday to give people to the chance to escape floods closing in on Bangkok as authorities ordered the immediate evacuation of a housing estate on the outskirts of the city after a protection wall gave way.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUKREE SUKPLANG / Reuters

Thai soldiers help residents crossing a strong stream of floodwaters as floods continue to hit north of Bangkok, Thailand. Crews of public workers, soldiers and volunteers are evacuating residents from flooded areas north of Bangkok as efforts continue to protect the capital from increased rainfall and rising tides during the worst floods to hit the country in decades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Athit Perawongmetha / Getty Images

An aerial view of a flooded area in Pathum Thani province, on the outskirts of Bangkok.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM / Reuters

Residents travel on a boat in a flooded street. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra tried to reassure residents of Bangkok on Friday that the capital should largely escape the flooding that has covered a third of the country since July and caused damages of at least $3 billion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUKREE SUKPLANG / Reuters

A Thai man holds his child at a temporary shelter at Thammasat University during floods. About 110,000 people around the country have sought refuge in shelters in the face of the floods that have destroyed crops, inundated hundreds of factories and damaged the homes and livelihoods of millions of people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP

A woman gestures toward passing boats as her dog stands on a fence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAMIR SAGOLJ / Reuters

Storm clouds gather over a village. At least 289 people have been killed around the country by heavy monsoon rain, floods and mudslides since late July.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM / Reuters

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[Updated Oct 25, 12:10 p.m. Flooding forces Thailand to close one Bangkok airport]

Rising floodwaters have wreaked havoc across Thailand and are threatening the capital, Bangkok, as the death toll from the worst monsoon rains in decades rose Saturday to 253.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said the flooding, which has severed rail links with the north, shut dozens of highways and swamped ancient Buddhist temples in the city of Ayutthaya, has reached a crisis level.

Bangkok has so far been spared serious damage, but many fear it could be inundated as large amounts of water flow from submerged northern rice fields toward the Gulf of Thailand. That critical runoff is expected to be impeded by high ocean tides in mid-October, and Tropical Storm Nalgae is also forecast to bring new rain in the days ahead.

- Associated Press

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