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Bangkok drainage test lifts confidence in flood preparations

Publication Date : 10-09-2012

 

Most Bangkokians have confidence in the government's ability to handle floods this year as they were satisfied with the result of last week's drainage test in the western and eastern zones of the capital, according to Abac Poll.

Meanwhile, many of them said the government and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) should stop fighting and blaming each other about the city's management system that failed to cope with the floods in many areas. About 41.8 per cent of them said they believed the government's flood prevention plan would save Bangkok.

About 43.5 per cent of respondents said the government's spending on flood prevention measures and construction was in the right direction but about 21.1 per cent of them said the government should invest this huge amount of money into other projects to develop the country.

The majority of participants said they could see that the government and the BMA lacked cooperation with each other in dealing with the flood. They also lacked readiness to prepare infrastructure and equipment to prevent floods - such as dredging canals and installing water pumps. Moreover, they said there were no designated authorities to inform them about the flood situation.

However, the respondents agreed to give about 5 of 10 points to the BMA and another five points to the government for measures to prevent flood.

BMA deputy governor Malinee Sukkhavejvorakij said people should also think about what they can do or not do to prevent floods. They also must provide cooperation to the BMA. This would be an effective way to handle the large amount of water.

She was speaking at a public forum entitled Strategy for Empowering Local People to handle floods organised yesterday by BMA and Thammasat University.

Meanwhile, Pramote Maikrat, a former director-general of the Irrigation Department, said people should not panic about flooding, saying the flooding is a natural disaster and communities could prepare themselves to reduce the calamity from this disaster.

"People should keep themselves updated on current affairs as they could make their own decision on what they have to do to curb the flood," he said.

Wanpen Thanthaphutta, a chairperson of Thonburi 3 Housing Community, said people in each community should team up with each other to prevent flooding.

"Cooperation between each other is the most important thing that would save the community," she said.

 

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