Something really needs to be done to educate people not to just dump rubbish wherever they like. After all the floods that we have had in recent years, you would think that the last place that people will dump rubbish is in the canals. Surely they know that doing this will block drains which will then cause flooding. And these are the first people to complain when it floods, demanding compensation from the government.
I spotted this girl dumping rubbish into Saen Saeb Canal in Bangkok. She was coming and going from her house nearby and was helping her parents do a spring clean. The father came out too and dumped an umbrella and a box of junk. Someone on Twitter told me that they had also seen refrigerators and a mattress in this canal. It wasn’t just this one household dumping rubbish in the canal. A bit further down I passed an old guy dumping the contents of his garbage bin into the canal.
I don’t know if they really have an excuse. Even if they live on the canal with no direct access to roads, the BMA still provides a rubbish disposal service by boat. I passed a couple of these boats on the canal. I presume they go up and down every day much like they do on land. Educating people on not dumping rubbish in the canal should start at schools. But the BMA should also put up signs along the canal telling people of the consequence of doing this. All they need to do is put up a pictorial sign that says “rubbish + canal = flood”. What do you think?