BMA prepared to handle natural disasters

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BANGKOK, 1 May 2015 -The Office of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has instructed its units to be prepared for future natural disasters due to extreme weather conditions.

BMA Permanent Secretary Sanya Cheenimit said many units including the Department of Drainage and Sewerage, the Public Works Department, the Department of the Environment, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and the Traffic and Transportation Department have been instructed to devise a plan to handle various types of natural disaster that could occur in Bangkok.

The Permanent Secretary has indicated that the BMA’s response to an emergency situation is fast and effective, given how quickly its team removed fallen electricity poles, which were knocked down by the wind, from a street in Bangkok earlier this week.

He is also encouraging people to share information that can be helpful to other Bangkokians via Facebook, at facebook.com/bkk.best and twitter at BKK_best. They can also report any emergency situation by calling 1555.

As for earthquakes, the BMA will inspect buildings and make sure they are strong enough to withstand tremors. Their owners are encouraged to coordinate with BMA units in conducting an evacuation drill frequently.