A traffic policeman gestures to a car as he directs traffic along a flooded street in Nonthaburi province on the outskirts of Bangkok October 12, 2011. Thailand's prime minister warned businesses on ... more 
A traffic policeman gestures to a car as he directs traffic along a flooded street in Nonthaburi province on the outskirts of Bangkok 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/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) less 
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Reuters | Photo By CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM / REUTERS
Wed, Oct 12, 2011 4:52 AM EDT