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Thailand Floods Pass Their Peak

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The worst flooding Thailand has seen in 50 years appears to be coming down from its high-water mark, largely sparing central Bangkok while continuing to inundate surrounding suburbs and farms. Heavy monsoon rains have submerged nearly a third of the country's provinces since July, killing more than 370 people. Over the weekend, high tides and heavy flooding threatened central Bangkok, but defenses appear to have held. However, some residents in surrounding areas have expressed anger at being placed on the outside of these protective barriers and having floodwater diverted toward them. Areas west of Bangkok are still expected to be hard hit in the coming days as the last of the flooding makes its way to the sea. Gathered here are images from Thailand as the waters start to recede and the task of recovery begins. [41 photos]

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Thai soldiers hold onto each other, pulling against the stream of water flowing into a neighborhood after a wall was breached by the swollen Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand, on October 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Thai soldiers hold onto each other, pulling against the stream of water flowing into a neighborhood after a wall was breached by the swollen Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand, on October 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
Local residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood on the back of a truck in an area near the Chao Praya river in Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) #
The Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite acquired this pair of before-and-after natural-color images of Ayutthaya, Thailand, on October 23, 2011, and July 11, 2011 (click to view). In both images, the Chao Phraya River curves through the outskirts of the city (north is to the left in this image). In October, however, the river has overflowed onto nearby floodplains. Fields, roads, and buildings have all been submerged by sediment-clogged flood water. [click image to view transition] (NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/NASA EO-1, USGS) #
A man watches the news on TV in his flooded house, near the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. Tensions were rising between Thai residents and authorities in flooded parts of Bangkok, with hundreds protesting that their homes were being sacrificed in attempts to keep the city center dry. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rescue boats and other small craft run along a swollen canal as sunset on the outskirts of Bangkok, on October 27, 2011. Residents poured out of the Thai capital by bus, plane and train Thursday, heeding government warnings to use a special five-day holiday to evacuate parts of the flood-threatened metropolis. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
A 42-year-old motorcycle taxi driver Chatchawal Phuengwut poses with a python he caught in floodwaters just outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, on October 28, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A man wades past sculptured hedges submerged by flood waters in a median in Bangkok's Bang Phlat district on October 30, 2011. Peak tides tested Bangkok's flood defenses on Sunday as hope rose that the center of the Thai capital might escape the worst floods in decades, but that was little comfort for swamped suburbs and provinces where worry about disease is growing. (Reuters/Adrees Latif) #
A man walks along sandbags as floodwaters rush through a market near the overflowing Chao Phraya river, on October 29, 2011 in Bangkok. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images) #
Buddhist statues stand partially-submerged as floodwaters inundate a covered market along the Chao Phraya river in central Bangkok, on October 30, 2011. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images) #
Volunteers lower bottles of drinking water with a rope to rescue workers at a flooded area near the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, on October 30, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) #
A girl washes her hair in a flooded street in central Bangkok, on October 26, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
An aerial view shows flooded residential areas in the north parts of Bangkok, in this photo taken by Kyodo on October 30, 2011. (Reuters/Kyodo) #
A Thai couple push a cart passing by empty shelves inside a supermarket due to the food suppliers distributor center being affected by flooding in Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) #
People visit a shopping mall in Bangkok, on Sunday, October 30, 2011. On one side of Bangkok, you'll find the victims of Thailand's worst flooding in half a century. But just a few miles away, you'll find something else entirely: well-heeled shoppers perusing bustling malls decorated with newly-hung Halloween decorations, couples sipping espresso in the air-conditioned comfort of ultra-chic cafes. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) #
Flood victims walk on an empty highway as they evacuate Bangkok October 27, 2011. Thailand's worst flooding in half a century, caused by unusually heavy monsoon rain, has killed at least 373 people since mid-July and disrupted the lives of nearly 2.5 million, with more than 113,000 in shelters and 720,000 people seeking medical attention. (Reuters/Bazuki Muhammad) #
Thai residents make their way across a flooded street near the rising waters of the Chao Phraya River, on October 29, 2011 in Bangkok. (Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images) #
A Thai woman struggles to walk as floodwater gushes through a marketplace in a riverside neighborhood near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, on October 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
A man takes pictures of a flooded area in central Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A boy plays in the water outside a flooded temple in Chinatown in central Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
Thai soldiers and municipality workers work to fortify a broken flood barrier in Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
Local residents stand on a makeshift shelter next to a temple as the night falls on the floodwaters near the Chao Praya river in Bangkok, on on October 31, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) #
Residents stand as water from the swollen Chao Phraya River flows through a shopping center, located on its bank, in Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
Water from the swollen Chao Phraya River flows through a house, located on the riverbank, as a policeman watches a Thai woman cooking in Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri) #
An aircraft is parked in floodwaters at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, on October 30, 2011. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man works at a desk in his flooded warehouse in Chinatown in central Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A Thai man pumps water out of his flooded home, holding the hose between his legs in a neighborhood along Chao Phraya River, on October 27, 2011 in Bangkok. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #
A dog peers over a fence in a flooded area of Bangkok, on October 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #
A Thai woman washes in floodwaters at her home along the Chao Praya river in Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images) #
Local residents evacuate their flooded neighborhood on the back of a truck in an area near the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) #
Thai and foreign volunteers prepare relief items for flood victims at the national stadium in Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Thai flood victim prays while a monk chants at a crowded evacuation center in Bangkok, on October 30, 2011. Thousands of flood victims have been forced to take shelter at crowded evacuation centers around the capitol city. Hundreds of factories have been closed in the central Thai province of Ayutthaya and Nonthaburi. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images) #
A flood victim uses a boat to inspect his partially submerged house in Thon Buri, outside Bangkok, on October 28, 2011. (Reuters/Bazuki Muhammad) #
A man takes a nap at a flooded bus stop in Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) #
Local residents walk on a divider in a flooded street near the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, on October 30, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Buddhist monk walks in a flooded street to collect morning alms in Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang) #
A woman moves her pots as floods advance into a market outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok, on October 28, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A woman scoops water from her home in a flooded neighborhood close to the rising waters of the Chao Phraya River on October 30, 2011 in Bangkok. (Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images) #
A man sits at a flooded warehouse as water pours in, in Chinatown, central Bangkok October 31, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A woman needing medical attention is lifted by Thai rescuers as she is evacuated to a hospital, in the floodwaters near the Chao Praya River in Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images) #
A woman leaves a flooded market in Chinatown in central Bangkok, on October 31, 2011. (Reuters/Damir Sagolj) #
A Thai man takes pictures with his son on a custom-built tricycle designed to go through floodwaters in Bangkok, Thailand, on October 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #

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