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Aerial photos of floodwaters in Thailand that are slowly advancing through Bangkok's northern and western neighborhoods, threatening the city's subway system, two key industrial estates and the emergency headquarters set up to deal with the flooding that has claimed more than 500 lives nationwide.

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Heavy monsoon rains have been drenching Southeast Asia since mid-July, causing mudslides and widespread flooding. The deluge has now reached Bangkok, with rising water and associated problems affecting most of the city's 10 million residents. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said that parts of the capital could be inundated by up to 1.5 meters of water and remain flooded for up to a month. Around Bangkok, the second-largest airport has closed, food prices are soaring, clean water is becoming scarce, and the country is declaring a holiday from Thursday until Monday to allow people to evacuate. The Chao Phraya river is predicted to overflow its banks in the city sometime today, and authorities say that if the protective dikes fail to hold the water, all parts of Bangkok will be vulnerable to the floodwater. [42 photos]

Residents evacuate from their flooded town, north of Bangkok, on October 25, 2011. Around 320 people have died in flood-related incidents since late July according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, as Thailand experiences the worst flooding in 50 years with damages running as high as $6 billion. (Reuters/Bazuki Muhammad)

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LAUNDRY DAY
LAUNDRY DAY: A child played in front of an apartment complex in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday. (Supri/Reuters)

NOT HORSING AROUND
NOT HORSING AROUND: At an Occupy Melbourne protest in central Melbourne, Australia, Friday, a protester was pushed underneath a horse’s head by the crush. (Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/LNP/Zuma Press)

GUSTS
GUSTS: At Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, some protesters woke up early Friday to help clean — and tie down tarps in the face of rising winds. (John Marshall Mantel/Zuma Press)

EARLY TO RISE
EARLY TO RISE: A farmer drove along the side of a foggy field near the small Bavarian village Germering, in southern Germany, Friday morning. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

FLOODED OUT
FLOODED OUT: A man braved chest-deep flooding in the Rangsit district of Bangkok Friday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called on all Bangkok residents to prepare to move to higher ground after deciding to release water building up behind barricades along the city’s northern outskirts (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

MOURNING
MOURNING: Members of the Turkish military attended the funeral Friday in Istanbul of two Turkish soldiers who were killed earlier in the week in an attack by Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

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Two Red Deer stags ‘rut’ in the early morning mist in Richmond Park on October 15, 2011 in London, England. Autumn sees the start of the ‘Rutting’ season where the large Red Deer stags can be heard roaring and barking in an attempt to attract females known as bucks. The larger males can also be [...]

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FLOATING ALONG
FLOATING ALONG: A man floated in water as sandbags protected a section of Pathum Thani Province, Thailand, Thursday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Thailand is in crisis as the government struggles to cope with the worst floods in half a century. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF
SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF: Ariel Hsing of the U.S. competed in a table tennis match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

OPEN WIDE
OPEN WIDE: A new recruit of the Indian paramilitary Border Security Force participated in a ceremony on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

BRIDGE DWELLERS
BRIDGE DWELLERS: A boy checked on food being cooked as his family and neighbors waited in a makeshift home built under a busy bridge in Parañaque, Philippines, Thursday. (John Javellana/Reuters)

MAN ON FIRE
MAN ON FIRE: Police assisted a colleague who was attacked with a molotov cocktail in Athens Thursday. At least one protester died and dozens of people were injured during anti-austerity demonstrations. Despite the unrest, Greek Parliament approved legislation enacting new austerity measures. (Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press)

IN A BOG
IN A BOG: Workers harvested cranberries at a state farm in the village of Selishche, near Minsk, Belarus, Thursday. (Viktor Drachev/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SHOE MANIA
SHOE MANIA: A cobbler fixed the sole of a shoe in a shop in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

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FLOATING ALONG
FLOATING ALONG: A man floated in water as sandbags protected a section of Pathum Thani Province, Thailand, Thursday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Thailand is in crisis as the government struggles to cope with the worst floods in half a century. (Sukree Sukplang/Reuters)

SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF
SWEATING THE SMALL STUFF: Ariel Hsing of the U.S. competed in a table tennis match at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Thursday. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

OPEN WIDE
OPEN WIDE: A new recruit of the Indian paramilitary Border Security Force participated in a ceremony on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Thursday. (Dar Yasin/Associated Press)

BRIDGE DWELLERS
BRIDGE DWELLERS: A boy checked on food being cooked as his family and neighbors waited in a makeshift home built under a busy bridge in Parañaque, Philippines, Thursday. (John Javellana/Reuters)

MAN ON FIRE
MAN ON FIRE: Police assisted a colleague who was attacked with a molotov cocktail in Athens Thursday. At least one protester died and dozens of people were injured during anti-austerity demonstrations. Despite the unrest, Greek Parliament approved legislation enacting new austerity measures. (Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press)

IN A BOG
IN A BOG: Workers harvested cranberries at a state farm in the village of Selishche, near Minsk, Belarus, Thursday. (Viktor Drachev/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

SHOE MANIA
SHOE MANIA: A cobbler fixed the sole of a shoe in a shop in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday. (Naseer Ahmed/Reuters)

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