I’m fascinated by the use of sandbags in Bangkok, sandbags that are used in an attempt to stop floods reaching into houses and other buildings. In just about every area sandbags are being used, they’re just not working, with flood waters appearing in the building they’re trying to protect within just a few hours. A friend told me the King of Thailand, who is an incredibly smart guy, had made a speech last week and, in it, had mentioned that in many cases people were not laying the sandbags correctly so they would not work to block flood water. In my area, that’s also what I’ve seen – sandbags that will literally stop the water flowing in for about 10 minutes.
If you haven’t laid sandbags around your property in Bangkok yet, there’s an excellent PDF file from the Environment Agency in the UK. Read it before you start and you may stand more of a chance of saving your property from flooding.