Government flood 'master plan' faces deluge of criticism
Strategies to keep Bangkok dry are upsetting those whose land stands to be flooded without receiving proper compensation and others who say it's based more on theory than the reality on the ground
Vichian Phumlamjiak, chairman of the newly formed Thai Rice Farmers and Farm Folks Association, is hesitant to meet with his fellow farmers and tell them that he has not had any confirmation from the government on how much it will compensate them for the use of their rice fields to help take excess floodwater running down from the North.
Bang Rakam district in Phitsanulok was heavily flooded last year.
Mr Vichian has met with government officials and leaders of farmer groups several times since the severe flooding last year, and has been told that he and his fellow farmers may have to make sacrifices and take excess floodwater in order to keep Bangkok dry.
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