BANGKOK, 18 March 2016 – The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has dispatched more than 500 officials to different areas across the capital city to remove water hyacinths, as part of efforts to mitigate flood and drought.
Bangkok Deputy Governor Amorn Kitchawengkul presided over the opening ceremony at Lat Krabang district. The event was attended by Director of the Department of Drainage and Sewerage Sompong Wiangkaew, relevant division heads, and BMA officials.
Mr. Amorn explained that the canal cleanup was aimed at improving the capital city’s drainage system. The BMA is to complete the task by the end of the month, as instructed by the prime minister.
The BMA has since January dredged 971 canals out of 1,682. More than 400,000 tons of water hyacinths has been removed. The Deputy Governor said the BMA had also launched other measures to seek public participation in the canal cleanup campaign.