It’s the flooding season in Thailand once again. As flood plains are further encroached up, cities are inundated and rice fields submerged. Successive governments have failed to adequately address the problem. In his latest contribution, Mark S. Cogan points out that Thai society’s pervasive use of plastic clogs up water drainage and frustrates attempts to keep Thais high and dry. But it will take a change in society’s use of plastic to keep rising waters at bay.
Floodwaters have receded from two communities in Khon Kaen. Having lost their rice harvest this season, many farmers are awaiting compensation from the government, worried they will be unable to pay off their agricultural loans. As community members return to their daily lives, many are calling for better dam management.
The Isaan RecordDecember 8, 2017
Two communities in Khon Kaen struggle with this year’s flooding. Donations have come in from private organizations and companies, yet many needs remain unaddressed.
The Isaan RecordNovember 14, 2017
This is Part 1 in a series telling stories about how community members’ everyday lives have been affected. In the past two weeks, the threat of rising waters has brought uncertainty to the lives of one community in the form of flooded fields, crop failure, and restoration efforts.