Living with Water – Decoding the Local Ways of Living in the Central Region Basin of Thailand

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Rungrat Tengkaoprasert
Choomket Sawangjaroen


This research aims to find out the relationships of dwelling patterns and settlements in the basin areas, to study the important factors for supporting to live with water, and to gather data, wisdom, and coping with future water disasters. The research methodology consists of reviewing theories and knowledge, surveying and interviewing 66 samples from 22 provinces in the central region, analyzing and classifying data by 6 major variables such as flooding duration, types of floods, flood elevation, characteristics of buildings, special function, and settlements. The research found that the houses which survived in flooding situation follow as: the protection, that consist of settling in the highland that is not flooded, but if inevitable, the elevated house will be the solution; the adaptation, is a guideline to preparing for life during floods; the house renovation such as extend the terrace, and house lifting. The suggestion is, the local government should to provide the risk assessment planning, floods resistant planning, include providing and updating the flooding information and coping planning after floods.


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