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Stop the flood arguing, solve this dam mess

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Flood or drought. Dams overflowing or no water left in the dams. Nothing is scarier than seeing the country's water management heavyweights engaged in a war of words instead of working together. 

It began with former Royal Irrigation Department chief Pramote Maiklad who commented last weekend that the Pheu Thai government was mismanaging water resources by draining excessive amounts of water from dams for fear of flooding. This could lead to one of the worst water shortage crises this coming dry season, he said.

The cause of the alleged mismanagement was because Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had put the wrong man in the wrong job, Mr Pramote said, referring to Science and Technology Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC). Mr Plodprasop, a former Fisheries Department chief, has no knowledge of water management and only knows how to manage the water in his fish pond, Mr Pramote was quoted as saying in a Thai daily.

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