Were the 2011 Thai floods mainly the fault of the government?

Asked by: Diqiucun_Cunmin
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  • The weather was too unpredictable.

    It's true that the government could have implemented better flood control measures and kept deforestation in check (and therefore reduce silting of river channels) to prevent the far-reaching consequences of a flood. However, they were not wholly responsible for filling up the reservoirs. There was a drought just the year before, and naturally, they had to store up more water to prevent water shortages. They could not have predicted that the precipitation patterns would swing the other way in 2011, with their wet season starting earlier than usual and with higher precipitation rates.

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