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Thailand government urged to take long-term plans against severe flood
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 06, 2022
Heavy seasonal rains have already impacted at least 45,000 households in nearly half of Thailand’s provinces. Expert is urging the government to take swift actions and consider long-term plans to deal with the severe flood.
The Thai capital Bangkok and central areas are bracing for heavy flooding this week. Flood waters have turned districts in Ayutthaya province into islands. And rescue workers have received many calls for help.
“If more than five minutes pass, the chance of survival is zero percent. It happens often but we don’t want them to occur at all. For people who live along the river, cases of drowning are high, especially for kids that live with the elderly or kids whose parents go to work. It occurs in a split second,” said Somsak Taweepornmongkol, rescue volunteer of Putthaisawan Foundation Ayutthaya.
Flooding is devastating on so many levels. In a house six people live in, all crammed into their tiny second story. Affected by the flood, parents and kids have suspended all of their work and study as they can’t go to office and school personally.
“My dream is to elevate the house so my parents and my kids can live comfortably. But it might not happen so we will have to live like this. We just have to tolerate living like this,” said Yaowadee Kraiperm, a local resident.
Like a brick resting on top of a cake, Bangkok sits on marshland, becoming spongy and soft. Materials including steel, concrete and humanity are sinking this city into the Earth, around two centimeters per year.
Expert calls on the government to take long-term plans to deal with such terrible situation.
“Climate change is exacerbating the intensity of flooding events in Thailand. It will get more severe. We must have long-term plans. The warning signs have been there since 2011, but we haven’t thought of solutions,” said Thanawat Jarupongsakul, president of Thailand Global Warming Academy.