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30 December 2011

Death toll of Thai floods rises to 790

The death toll from the worst floods to hit Thailand in more than half a century hit 790 Thursday with more than 2 million people still affected by the disaster, officials said.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said that in addition to the 790 confirmed fatalities since the monsoon flooding began on July 25, another three people were listed as missing.

Parts of five provinces near Bangkok Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi were still flooded, the department said.

Bangkok was declared flood-free this month, and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledged that all remaining flooded areas would be dry by the end of the year.

The Thai floods caused about US$21.3 billion in damage, according to the World Bank.

- Jakarta Post