Majority dissatisfied with BMA's handling of floods: poll

Majority dissatisfied with BMA's handling of floods: poll

A woman crosses the track at Bang Khen station during the light rain in Bang Khen district on Friday morning. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A woman crosses the track at Bang Khen station during the light rain in Bang Khen district on Friday morning. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

A majority of the capital's residents are not satisfied with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA's) handling of recent flooding, according to a survey by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll.

The poll was conducted on Oct 6-7 on 1,322 Bangkok people of various levels of education and occupations.

A majority of people - 59.99% - were not satisfied with the authority's handling of the floods. Of that number, 33.21% said they were somewhat dissatisfied because of poor preparations and flood management, while 26.78% said they were totally dissatisfied because the BMA was very slow to drain floodwaters out, leaving some areas under water for an extended period. 

On the other side, 30.78% of respondents said they were quite satisfied with the BMA's preparations and 9.23% were very satisfied, saying some areas were not flooded at all.

Asked whether they had confidence in the BMA's flood prevention strategy, a majority -- 59.38% -- said "no" while 40.62% said "yes".


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