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Bangkok's best defence against floods is its own people

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  • Writer: Will Doig
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Despite its potential flaws, the 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit is at least tackling head-on the flooding threat faced by cities like Bangkok. But even 350 billion baht worth of fixes won't change the fact that Bangkok will some day experience a repeat of 2011's disaster, and the city needs to be prepared. 

Joining hands in times of crisis, officials and volunteers work together to fix a broken flood embankment in Bangkok’s Sam Sen area. CHANAT KATANYU

Not just with catchments, basins and seawalls, but with a citizenry that's empowered and equipped to react. Too many cities make the mistake of focusing only on costly infrastructural solutions. But a city's best resource is its people, and during times of crisis, the informal social networks among those people are among the best defences Bangkok has.

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