An aerial view of a flooded area in Ayutthaya province October 12, 2011. Thailand's Prime Minister warned businesses on Wednesday not to take advantage of flooding around the country to push up prices... more 
An aerial view of a flooded area in Ayutthaya province October 12, 2011. Thailand's Prime Minister warned businesses on Wednesday not to take advantage of flooding around the country to push up prices as residents of Bangkok cleared supermarket shelves, worried that the capital could be swamped in coming days. At least 281 people have been killed by heavy monsoon rain, floods and mudslides since late July and 26 of Thailand's 77 provinces are inundated, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) less 
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Reuters | Photo By SUKREE SUKPLANG / REUTERS
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 7:31 AM EDT