Experts Urge Thailand to Craft Disaster Prevention, Management Strategy

Thailand needs a long-term strategy for dealing with floods and similar extreme weather events that may be triggered by climate change, experts have warned the Asian country, which is still struggling to contain what has been described as its worst flooding in decades.

“Everyone’s expectation is for the frequency and intensity of these sorts of events to occur more often,” said Craig Steffensen, Asian Development Bank’s country director for Thailand, according to AlertNet. “And if that’s the case, the sooner the authorities have in place a system that could respond to these sorts of challenges, the better,”

The floods in Thailand have so far claimed 529 lives and affected millions of families. Experts said the country needs a comprehensive strategy to deal with similar disasters instead of applying short-term solutions when they occur.

One expert noted that Thailand can learn from Bangladesh’s experience.

“Bangladesh offers a good example of a country that has moved from disaster relief to disaster preparedness with the development of pioneering early warning systems,” Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute said.

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