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Yingluck Faces The Floods

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Buddhist monks and civilians join hands in fixing a flood barriers in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra acknowledged Thursday that efforts to block floodwaters from entering the capital are failing and authorities will instead risk potential overflow with a controlled release of water through the city's canals. (AP Photo) | AP

Each year in Thailand the monsoon comes, and each year the government in Bangkok must decide how far it's prepared to flood the countryside in order to protect the capital, its people and business interests from rising waters. Normally damage is minimal, but this year was different.

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