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River Diversion Project To Protect Bangkok From Flooding

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BANGKOK, Thailand

Thailand’s Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has announced plans to develop a 240-kilometre canal from Chai Nat province to the Gulf of Thailand. Construction is expected to start in 2022 and is estimated to be complete in 10 years.

The $3.2 Billion USD project will divert floodwaters from the central highlands directly into the Gulf of Thailand and is one of nine such water management infrastructure projects that are under consideration. The entire programme was developed in response to the epic floods of 2011 when over 800 people died and millions were displaced.