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Rising stink from floodwaters triggers health fears

Oct 26. 2020
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By The Nation

The Pollution Control Department has been tasked with monitoring floodwater around the country after complaints of foul-smelling odour from stagnant runoff.

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry has expressed concern about hazardous pollution in the floodwater, as drains and sewers become overwhelmed by seasonal downpours.

The ministry said it is preparing more equipment and vehicles for rescue operations underway in flood-hit communities across the country.

Meanwhile, the Pollution Control Department has launched a 1650 hotline for residents to report pollution issues from flooding.

The move came after locals in Nakhon Ratchasima province complained that floodwater which had been standing for more than a week was engulfing their communities in a terrible stench.

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