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Thailand's Flood Control System Needs Upgrading: Chinese Experts
Source: news.xinhuanet.com
Source Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: Thailand
Created: Jun 26, 2012

 The flood control system in Thailand, especially along the Chao Phraya River basin, requires upgrading as the country prepares for possible floods this year, a group of Chinese experts said in a report released here on Wednesday. Following last year's flood which was the worst in 50 years, the Thai government has made effective efforts to ramp up its flood prevention projects, including repairing flood-hit facilities, setting up a national command center and studying optimal reservoir, noted Zhang Zhitong, Chief of Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters at China's Ministry of Water Resources. However, Zhang, also the leader of a Chinese expert team dispatched to the ministry for flood control of Thailand, said his team has identified some weak links in the flood control system on the Chao Phraya river, including the limited downstream flood discharge capacity and insufficient capacity of flood blocking and storage. He urged the local government to take urgent measures to repair damaged embankments, pump stations and restore flood control capacity of facilities.


Meanwhile, he also warned of the possibility of the southeastern Asian country being hit by drought this year. "While bracing for a possible flood, Thailand also needs to coordinate its effort in flood control and drought mitigation," said Zhang. The Chinese team, consisting of 23 experts from China's Ministry of Water Resources, arrived in Thailand on June 6th to assist with the country's flood control efforts. They exchanged information and views with their Thai counterparts and conducted field investigations along the Chao Phraya River basin. The research results, including one general report and three special reports, were delivered to Plodprasob Surassawadee, Thailand's Minister of Science and Technology at the Government House on Wednesday. Expressing his gratitude for the support from the Chinese government, Plodprasob said he hoped the cooperation between the two countries' water management agencies could be extended from the Chao Phraya River basin to the northern and southern part of the country. Last October, the Chinese government also sent a team of flood control and water management experts to Thailand provide urgent support for the flood-harrassed country.

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