Adrift

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Exacerbated both by modernization so unchecked it has transformed the Thai central basin into a concrete jungle of industrial zones, housing estates and entertainment complexes (with little of the natural irrigation once provided by canals, forests and fields), and the man-made city ‘big bag’ wall designed to divert the northern run-off from its natural passage through central Bangkok, the severe flooding of the 2011 monsoon season left hundreds of thousands of rural and suburban addresses abandoned in stagnant waters for several months. Such a tragedy informs us that perhaps not only has humankind – greedy with resources and negligent of its imprint on the ecosystem – come adrift from our hosts the planet, but that Bangkok has, too, from the country (the provinces) become far removed.