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Thailand braces for floods,lay bricks, sandbags

BANGKOK: Businesses blocked doors with sandbags and bricks on Tuesday as Thailand’s southwestern Petchaburi province braced for flooding over fears that a dam in the area could overflow. Local media showed residents in Petchaburi, 168 km (104 miles) from Bangkok, laying bricks outside shops and buffering entrances to banks with sandbags. Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season which often generates flash storms. The Meteorological Department said more storms are expected between Aug 7-9. Thailand suffered…

Bangladesh braces for possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

TEKNAF: Authorities in Bangladesh were bracing Sunday for another possible surge in Rohingya refugee arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed stranded along the border with Myanmar waiting to cross. Border guards are also concerned that the relaxing later Sunday of a temporary ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal could see a surge in people-smuggling along the coast as unscrupulous captains return to the seas. Rohingya refugees already in Bangladesh have received videos from families across the border…

Besieged Houston braces for more flooding as Harvey lingers

HOUSTON: The epic flooding that Tropical Storm Harvey unleashed on Houston will likely worsen as federal engineers release water from overflowing reservoirs to keep it from jumping dams and surging uncontrollably into the homes they protect, officials said on Monday. Some 30,000 residents of the nation’s fourth-largest city were expected to be left temporarily homeless by Harvey, which became the most powerful hurricane to strike Texas in more than 50 years when it came ashore on Friday near Corpus Christi, about 220…

Troops deployed as Canada braces for worse flooding

OTTAWA: Waterlogged parts of eastern Canada were hit with more rain on early Sunday, as freshly deployed troops helped evacuate residents ahead of peak flooding expected in the coming days. Torrential rains combined with runoff from melting snow have caused rivers to overflow their banks, posing a critical situation from Ottawa to Montreal. The worst is yet to come, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard warned on Saturday. “The water will continue rising over the next two or three days,” he said after visiting the town of…