Parched Thailand thirsts for better infrastructure

Parched Thailand thirsts for better infrastructure - Reuters, August 4, 2005
In better days, tapioca, pineapple and industry flourished side by side on Thailand's eastern seaboard, long the country's industrial heartland.
Today, the triangle-shaped region, which traces the coastline east of Bangkok to Cambodia, is cracked as a result of unrelenting heat, firing up charges that Thailand's infrastructure is inadequate to support economic expansion...
This frustrates Amata's Vikrom, who sees the construction of more water infrastructure as vital to Thailand's development.
"Thailand is so rich in resources we call ourselves the kitchen of the world," he said. "Why are we so poor?"
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