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Bangkok Adds Pumps, Dredges Canals to Prepare for Rainy Season

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Rainy season has begun and Bangkok’s floods won’t be long behind. So City Hall is working to install more pumps to resolve chronic problems around the city.

The Drainage and Sewerage Department on Thursday was installing large pumps at various spots along Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and working with the army and volunteers to dredge and clean up the canal that often are clogged with garbage, contributing to flooding.

The Department of Highways, meanwhile, is digging drainage ditches along Vibhavadi Rangsit to the intersection of Phahonyothin Road. Work began in the middle of 2019 and is not expected to finish until 2022.

Bangkok Gov. Aswin Kwanmuang met with department heads June 4 to discuss 14 flood-prone areas and how water can be drained faster. He said work to clean a total 6,000 kilometers of drainage pipes is now 95 percent complete.

More than 2,000 kilometers of canals also are being dredged and work is about 93 percent complete, he said.