Villagers in North call for many smaller dams (Thailand)

Villagers living in Nam Yom River basin have proposed five measures that they say could manage annual flooding without the Kaeng Sua Ten dam, which they oppose, needing to be built.

The moves were cheaper and could be done immediately while the expensive dam project could not efficiently prevent flooding in Phrae and neighbouring provinces, the group said, during a visit to the area yesterday with the press and donors.

At a separate site visit in Chiang Mai, representatives of people living in northern Bangkok north of Bhumibhol Dam said they were the first victims facing seasonal high tides and flooding every wet season when the dam was filled.

The Yom River network said building small dams on 77 tributaries of the Yom could help store rainwater for use and prevent any overflow, which would swell the Yom.

“The cost would be around Bt3 million for each village and a reservoir would be needed or built for no more than Bt50 million,” said Prasitthiphorn Kalonsri, a coordinator of the network.

Read more in The Nation

It’s not only the “establishment” and the powerful who are using their brains!
Give the locals FINALLY a voice in the plans and decisions; give them a change for the sake of the country!

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About Antoni Uni

I am born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and went to Spain, l'Escala - Costabrava, in 1988. After 15 years I made a mistake and went travelling in S.E. Asia. and in 2005 I dropped down in Bangkok where I still live. Mijn website met foto's is: http://www.antoniuniphotography.com/
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