A Chinese tourist was walking on a pavement near the Ancient City in Samut Prakan near Bangkok yesterday when a drain cover collapsed beneath his feet. Luckily, the tourist only sustained minor injuries.
The Facebook page ‘Samut Prakan News v2’ posted a photo of the distressed tourist sitting on the side of Sukhumvit Road next to a broken sewage drain cover with the caption…
“Amazing Samut Prakan! A Chinese tourist visited the Ancient City and was walking down Sukhumvit Road when the drain caved in beneath his feet. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously injured.”
“I’m sure this is a trip to Thailand the tourist will remember for a long time. We urge the relevant agencies to fix this problem.”
Netizens in the comments section shared their thoughts on the matter…
“Which agency is responsible for this?”
“The Ancient City really is ancient.”
“You can find broken drains like this everywhere.”
“The footpath is also full of people driving motorbikes. Even if you dodge them it is still unsafe, you risk falling down a meteorite crater.”
No one turned up to the scene to address the problem yesterday so locals put red cones on the drain to warn pedestrians about the gaping hole in the sewer below.
The news outlet posted an update to this to report that officials from the Department of Highways had fixed the drain at 11am this morning.
Highway Department officials wanted to get in contact with the tourist so they enquired at a local police station if the tourist filed a complaint. However, there was no complaint filed so the department didn’t know how to contact the tourist.
The Department of Highways advises tourists that if they come across a damaged road or footpath they can inform the department on the 24 hour hotline 1586.
Thailand is notorious for inaccessible footpaths. Some roads in urban Bangkok have no footpaths at all forcing pedestrians to walk on the road.
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