Defences being built to protect Thai capital from floods that have killed more than 250 people.
The government of Thailand is refusing to declare a state of emergency despite widespread flooding.
Floodwaters have already affected one third of the country and are now threatening the capital.
Officials say any declaration will cause unnecessary panic and scare away foreign investors and tourists, worsening a disaster that has already cost the country billions of dollars.
Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.