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Bangkok sewers, canals cleared out as flood season approaches

May 20. 2020
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By The Nation

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has cleaned out 3,300 kilometres of sewer pipes and dredged 1,400 canals throughout the capital to boost drainage for the rainy season.

Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said the annual cleaning operation targeted more than half of the capital’s 6,200 kilometres of sewers and most of its 1,880 canals, as part of flood-prevention plans.

“The BMA has been cleaning sewers and dredging canals since December to tackle the rains from July onwards,” said Aswin on Facebook. “This year, City Hall aimed to clean 3,300 kilometres of sewers and dredge 1,400 canals throughout the capital.”

He said the sewer-clearance operation was 93 per cent complete, while 87 per cent of canals targeted had been dredged.

“Our staff are working hard every day. We will report the results of the cleaning operation periodically.”

He asked Bangkokians not to dump garbage on roads or in sewers and canals, which could block drainage in the waterways.

“If you find a clogged sewer, canal or ditch, please inform your local district office or the BMA Flood Control Centre at the (02) 248 5115 hotline,” he added.

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