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BMA launches big clean-up campaign

Nov 19. 2011
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By Tanatpong Kongsai
The Nation

More than 1,000 people gathered yesterday to participate in a Bangkok Metropolitan Administration campaign and helped sweep Phaholyothin Road clean now that flood waters have receded.

Meanwhile, the restoration of Highway 340 (Bang Bua Thong-Suphan Buri), an alternative route to the South, was completed on Friday night, Wanchai Phaklak, director general of the Department of Highways said. He added that the department would seek Bt1.8 billion in funding to restore and repair the 27 roads affected by flooding across the country.

Though Highway 340 has been completely restored, Wanchai is urging motorists to use Rama II Road, which also links to the South, as the highway is not clean yet.

The BMA clean-up campaign was launched yesterday after flood waters in Lat Phrao intersection, which has been submerged for the past few weeks, started subsiding. The volunteers, including police officers, soldiers and private companies, cleaned up six kilometres between Kamphaeng Phet and Ratchayothin intersections.

The BMA provided 700 sets of each cleaning material, including brooms, brushes, shovels and detergent, in addition to 25 trucks to hose down the area.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the campaign would continue until all submerged areas in the capital have been cleaned up.

The volunteers will head for Bangkok’s Bang Phlat district today to clean up the area near the Tesco Lotus superstore branch on Charan Sanitwong Road.

Meanwhile, many areas in Ang Thong province, namely Tambon Phongpheng in Pa Moke district, have dried up and residents have started cleaning their homes that have been under water since August 27. However, some villages in the tambon are still under a metre or two of water.

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