By Martin Petty
BANGKOK, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Thailand's worst floods in half a century have ruined large parts of the central Thailand's Chao Phraya river basin, killed more than 600 people and devastated industry, but the situation is slowly improving.
The disaster is the first big test for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinwatra, who took over in July last year after an election that many Thais hoped would heal divisions that triggered street violence in 2010.
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