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Bangkok’s limited flood-retention space is addressed

At the same time, the country’s heavy rain keeps making a mess. Some experts are coming up with new ways to solve the problem. Sucharit also said that in case of a flood, land like public parks should be turned into water retention zones. He said that his university turns green areas that hold water into water retention zones. Amnat Chidthaisong, a professor, said that the government should strengthen weather agencies and set up smart networks so that they can work together and help each other. This week, the governor of Bangkok, Chadchat Sittupunt, said he was going to declare parts of the city that get a lot of flooding as disaster zones and pay compensation to the people who live there.

Because there isn’t much green space in Bangkok, there aren’t many places that can be used to hold back floodwaters. An associate professor at Chulalongkorn University says that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration needs to give landowners incentives to offer their land for water retention. Another professor from King Mongkut’s University of Technology said that the government should pay more attention to the effects of climate change. The governor, who is 56 years old, told the media yesterday that some parts of Bangkok were still flooded. The lecturer, Sucharit Koontanukulvong, works at the Department of Water Resources Engineering. As an example, Sucharit said that the government could give real estate companies special treatment by letting them build bigger buildings in limited high zones if the company also built space to hold water.

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