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BMA will spend 1.9 billion baht on flood prevention projects

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Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the government will join hands in dredging 29 canals in Bangkok to prepare for the next rainy season.

In his statement, Mr. Theerachon said the work will be supported by the Army and related agencies. The BMA will be giving 67.5 million baht in financial support to the Royal Thai Army for their efforts on canal dredging.

Another 770 million baht is also expected to be given to the Army as the government is considering having 347 other canals in 26 districts of Bangkok dredged up. The Deputy Governor added that more money would be funded if necessary.

According to Mr. Theerachon, the officials concerned were worried about the laying of drainage pipes in privately-owned land and have entrusted the BMA and the Interior Ministry to use legal means to complete the task.

The BMA will provide the Navy with pieces of equipment that would help them push the water out into the sea. A total budget of THB1.9 billion will be spent on building a flood prevention system, dredging up canals, establishing a flood analysis system and purchasing water pumps as well as water-pushing machines.