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Thailand, Bangkok: struggling to clear garbage in flood crisis

Industrial parks in Bangkok are being threatened after residents in Bangkok’s northeast demolish government-built levies to release the stagnant, garbage-ridden water that was building up in their neighbourhoods, writes the Wall Street Journal.
Flooded roads are preventing garbage collectors getting to many areas—raising fears over the risk of disease and over the blockage of drains, which is impeding the flow of water into the sea. Bangkok produces about 8,700 tons of rubbish a day—roughly a quarter of Thailand’s total. Added to that figure is the additional trash flowing into the city from northern provinces. Now trash-strewn water is encircling the Bang Chan and Lat Krabang industrial estates where multinationals like Unilever, Nestle and Honda are operating. Several key industrial parks are already flooded, severely disrupting the supply of auto parts and computer components.
City governor, Sukhumbhand Paribatra, has ordered the municipal refuse collectors to work around the clock in their trucks and boats in an attempt to to prevent a bigger disaster, while teams of street sweepers scour the city to keep debris from clogging vital drains.

 

                           


            

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