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Bangkok’s water management team agrees on flood prevention measures

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BANGKOK, 27 January 2012 (NNT) – The water management team has agreed to set up flood prevention measures, which will have to be finished before the rainy season begins.

Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidith yesterday chaired a meeting of related agencies, during which how to improve the efficiency of water management in Bangkok was discussed.

After the meeting, Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Surasawadi disclosed that the agencies had agreed to 12 measures to prevent possible flooding. The measures included allowing the government to take part in the flood prevention in Bangkok, while the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will repair sluice gates, dredge 29 large canals, and install water pumps, using nearly 2 billion baht budget; volunteer military personnel will help dredge 347 small canals under a 700-million baht budget.

The Interior Ministry, the BMA, and the private sector will work together to unclogg sewers in housing estates. The authorities will also solve the problems of people encroaching on areas around canals.

News ID: 255501270005

Reporter : Nuttaporn Chanchokpong