Chamkamorn district authorities have been collecting garbage out of the Boeung Trabek canal this week, hauling nearly 200 truckloads of trash over two days and appealing to residents to stop discarding rubbish in the waterway.
Boeung Trabek commune chief Sen Bote said the authorities went to clean the canal this week because a build-up of rubbish had recently led to heavy floods.
“We appeal to the villagers to stop throwing garbage into the canal,” he said, noting 185 truckloads of trash had been removed from the canal so far.
Ven Sam, 43, a local who lives along the Beong Trabek canal, said a number of residents discarded trash into the canal, but noted that some of the trash travels via the canal into the commune from elsewhere.
“We live with the garbage and bad smell every day,” he said. “We are used to it now. Some residents here have always thrown garbage into the canal where they live even though it makes the area dirty and causes floods.”
Sem Bros, 33, another local, said residents were happy the authority came to remove garbage from the canal.
“Some places in the canal were almost all garbage,” he said.