The flood controller

Thailand's science and technology minister bears the burden of a $45-billion dollar challenge to keep the Kingdom’s economic hub afloat this rainy season.

Thai flood 2011 Photo: Dararat WEERAPONG

As Southeast Asia braces for its annual rainy season, the flood mitigation efforts of experts and policymakers in Thailand to minimise the monsoonal impact in the wake of the 2011 disaster, which brought the worst floods in half a century, will be increasingly under the spotlight.

In response to the overflows that killed up to 500 people and caused an estimated $45 billion in economic losses, the Thai government introduced an agency in February 2012 to oversee and implement a national water management system that would avert a similar disaster...

> Read full news story published in Southeast Asia Globe Sunday, August 05, 2012 - written by Sacha Passi

 

Work area: 
Ecosystems
Livelihoods
Water
Location: 
Asia
Thailand
Asia
Asia
Project and Initiatives: 
Mekong Dialogues
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