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Roads collapse in wake of deadly drought

Jul 07. 2015
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By The Nation

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As the drought continues to hit Thailand, 88 canalside road sections in Pathum Thani province have been left cracked and subsided. The most common cause has been a sharp drop in the underground water levels beneath them.
In Nong Sua district alone, 38 canalside road sections have been damaged, particularly along Klong Rapeepat, while Klong Luang district saw the collapse of 40 canalside road sections. 
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) on Monday assigned a working team to probe the collapsed roadways. It decided part of the blame could be placed on farmers who’d pumped out too much water, causing a sharp drop in water level and the subsequent subsidence.
Other roads along irrigation waterways were also cracking  such as Ayutthaya’s Mai TraLat Bua Luang Road. Irrigation Office 11 chief Somsak Ketjamnong inspected it yesterday and said the ongoing repair work should be complete later this week. 

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