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Army gives one month for municipal administration to solve garbage problem

The army in Nakhon Si Thammarat has warned the Muang district's municipal administration to speed up resolving the problem of polluted water from a garbage dump site otherwise it will step in to do the job itself.

The warning was issued by Maj-Gen Arkhom Pongprom, commander of the 41st army circle who was assigned by Lt-Gen Piyawat Narkvanich, commander of the Fourth Army Region, to call an urgent meeting with all parties concerned, including the municipal administration, to quickly deal with the garbage-induced water pollution which has caused nuisance to people around the area as well as the army there.

Maj-Gen Arkhom said that army had been monitoring the municipal administration in dealing with the water pollution problem and thought it was about time for the army to step in if the local officials are unable to do the job.

The municipal administration which is directly responsible for tackling the problem has asked for another month to raise the earthen embankment up to 1.2 metres to block the putrid water from flowing out of the dump site.

Recent flooding has inundated the garbage landfill turning it into a huge pond of putrid water.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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