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Counting the cost of Thailand's floods

Flooding in Bangkok, Thailand
A vendor prepares fish in the flooded streets of Bangkok (Shermaine Ho/IRIN)

More than five months after heavy monsoon rains began inundating large parts of Thailand, an estimated two million people are still affected, with many communities isolated and dependent on aid.

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According to the Thai Department of Provincial Administration, more than 85,000 people are still living in shelters in 20 of the country's 76 provinces. While most residents have returned to their homes, the economic fallout of what has been described as the worst flooding in 50 years is still being calculated.

IRIN takes a look at the country's capital, Bangkok, as murky waters continue to recede and normality slowly returns to the flood-wary city of more than nine million inhabitants.

This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

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