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A group of activists armed with rotten fish and faeces were ready to pelt Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as he visited flood-hit areas of Thailand yesterday. Fortunately, the PM’s entourage was tipped off about the planned attack and he avoided the activists lying in wait at a temple in Muang district PM Prayut was scheduled to visit Wat Khemaphirataram before continuing to Wat Saeng Siritham in Pak Kret district, about 17 kilometres away. But the 68 year old’s route was changed to bypass the area where a number of anti-government activists lay in wait to throw excrement and rotten fish […]

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"PM Prayut avoids being pelted with rotten fish & faeces"

Hmm... what an unfortunate turn of events; if ever there was a face that deserved being pelted with rotten fish and faeces...

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He’s trying to make good merit before the election. Too little, too late I’m afraid. He’s had 8 years even though the court’s decision reinstated him. 

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if you want to solve flooding talk to the dutch ... its not rocket science. ..everywhere next to a river always floods in every country in the world ... nice view but when it rains you've had it

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26 minutes ago, jobapps said:

if you want to solve flooding talk to the dutch ... its not rocket science. ..everywhere next to a river always floods in every country in the world ... nice view but when it rains you've had it

Netherlands presents different geography and is significantly smaller in size than Thailand. Much of the Dutch effort is in respect to keeping the sea out. The extensive dike system and sea walls as brilliant as it is, is not necessarily appropriate for Thailand. Many concepts employed by Dutch such as water table management and preserving natural drainage are low tech and not expensive and are known to Thais, but ignored.

Thailand was once quite well protected against storm surges and ocean  storms, but allowed its cost effective and efficient  mangrove forests to be destroyed and its wetlands filled in. Swamps are like a sponge reducing impact of water level fluctuation. Replacing natural jungle with rubber tree plantations facilitates  erosion and  flooding. Building on flood plains will result in flood damage. The point being that there are many low cost, low tech strategies and options available to Thailand, some as simple as not using Klongs as dumping place for solid waste, that Thailand could manage much of its flood exposure without  need of  Dutch expertise.  The first thing a  Dutch expert will tell the Thais is to stop cutting down the mangroves and to preserve the wetlands, but do Thais really need someone to state the obvious? They already have ability to implement effective solution. The obstacles are the usual greedy land developers and corruption, and the inability to think long term.

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we must learn how to deal with the floods, especially those living in riverside communities.”

The PM believes he is answering the questions of residents concerned about the flooding

What a condescending  idiot telling flood victims they need to learn how to deal with this. 

Typical politician, he's  feet are dry and so is his house, couldn't really care. Shakes a few hands and moves on to the next PR opportunity 

 

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2 hours ago, Vigo said:

Netherlands presents different geography and is significantly smaller in size than Thailand. Much of the Dutch effort is in respect to keeping the sea out. The extensive dike system and sea walls as brilliant as it is, is not necessarily appropriate for Thailand. Many concepts employed by Dutch such as water table management and preserving natural drainage are low tech and not expensive and are known to Thais, but ignored.

Thailand was once quite well protected against storm surges and ocean  storms, but allowed its cost effective and efficient  mangrove forests to be destroyed and its wetlands filled in. Swamps are like a sponge reducing impact of water level fluctuation. Replacing natural jungle with rubber tree plantations facilitates  erosion and  flooding. Building on flood plains will result in flood damage. The point being that there are many low cost, low tech strategies and options available to Thailand, some as simple as not using Klongs as dumping place for solid waste, that Thailand could manage much of its flood exposure without  need of  Dutch expertise.  The first thing a  Dutch expert will tell the Thais is to stop cutting down the mangroves and to preserve the wetlands, but do Thais really need someone to state the obvious? They already have ability to implement effective solution. The obstacles are the usual greedy land developers and corruption, and the inability to think long term.

The Netherlands lies in a delta, which enables three major rivers: the Rhine, Meuse and Scheldt, to flow out to sea. Bangkok is on a Delta an is on average 1.3 metres above the sea......THe floods in BKK involve fresh water from the catchment areas in the North and the effects of rising sea-level and tides - this is very similar to Netherlands.

Te Dutch have offered help but have been turned down, just like Thailand turns down international advice on almost ALL major issues.

 

the "barrier" system advocated by this current administration a few years back was just risible

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