The BBC's Rachel Harvey reports from the sandbag operation being run by volunteers
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Thai volunteers fight flood risk

17 October 2011 Last updated at 03:10 BST

Thousands of people are helping to shore up flood defences in Thailand by filling sandbags and draining canals to try to protect homes and businesses.

Huge swathes of the country have been devastated by months of monsoon rains.

Thailand's government has now expressed confidence that the capital Bangkok will escape the worst of the flooding.

The BBC's Rachel Harvey reports from the sandbag operation being run by volunteers on the outskirts of Bangkok.