Supachai Eamsuwan, the Governor of Chiang Mai is leading efforts to clean the Ping River of Krathong – the floating baskets released during Loy Krathong last week.
The Governor visited the flood control gates in Saraphi this morning to observe volunteers tasked with cleaning the river from the refuse.
Some reports suggest that the number of Krathongs was lower this year due to the use of biodegradable materials and yet there is was still an estimated 70 tons of krathong at the flood gate.
Of those, 55 percent are said to include foam and another five percent floating on bread, which despite being a food product apparently takes some time to degrade and sink.
The cleanup is expected to be finished by the end of tomorrow, Nov. 28.