City hall’s Loy Krathong preparations linger as flooding threat to Naklua

Friday, 17 January 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By  Veechan Souksi

Pattaya City Hall’s negligence in removing wood used for a man-made pond for Loy Krathong may lead to flooding long after November’s festival is forgotten.

City workers submerged planks of wood on the waterline at Lan Po Park in Naklua to create an artificial basin to launch flower-and-incense krathongs Nov. 17. Two months later, the wood is still there, now blocking the flow of water back to the sea.

Wood used during the Loy Krathong festival in Naklua is causing a hazard long past its use by date.Wood used during the Loy Krathong festival in Naklua is causing a hazard long past its use by date.

The pond also poses dangers for tourists, as wood laid originally to reinforce the sides of the reservoir are now decayed. They serve no real purpose, but create a hazard for those using the water.

Park vendors say the wood above the waterline looks bad and that below the surface will create problems once rainy season hits and flood water can’t escape through the drainage channel.

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