INNOVATION IN FLOOD PREVENTION
During the past rainy month of September, residents of Ban Kut Lom in Chonnabot district of Khon Kaen proved to themselves that anything is possible if they are united.
By mid-September, water levels in the Chi River, the main river in the province, were rising steadily, posing a growing threat of flooding to the riverside communities as well as a more than 300-year-old yang na tree
( Dipterocarpus alatus) seen by the locals as a precious inheritance.
The imminent flooding prompted the villagers to come together to discuss what they could do to save the tree and prevent their communities from being flooded.
The brainstorming led them to come to an agreement to build a flood wall made mainly of eucalyptus logs, which are common in the area, while large sandbags used to fortify the eucalyptus pile flood wall were donated by local business operators.
The last time this village, consisting of 129 households, received budget to fund the construction of a new flood wall was in 2013 but was only enough to build a 350-metre long barrier, which wasn’t sufficient to protect the entire community during the rainy season.
TREE OF LIFE: A 300-year-old yang na tree (Dipterocarpus alatus) by the Chi River.