PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international community

Tensions boil over at flood scheme hearing The Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: A melee occurred at a public hearing yesterday in Samut Songkhram on the effects of the government's Bt350-billion flood-prevention and water-management programme, after a large number of protesting residents angrily pressured government officials in charge of the scheme.

This prompted a premature end to the event, before local vocational students attempted to prevent the officials from leaving the venue.

More than 10,000 residents in the province's Mae Klong area, where floodway structures under the programme would replace their homes and vast areas of farmland, attended the session to oppose the project.

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