Left high and dry

Then of course, one year it didn’t flood:
In unprecedented scenes, Bangkok’s long-suffering citizens were out on the streets in force to protest the nonappearance of the floods.
“Its outrageous,” complained the president of the Freedom for Floods Committee. “Bangkok’s citizens have the right to expect floods. You can’t just stop them like that. This is a democracy, you know.”
Residents of Mooban Sandbag, who have enjoyed splendid floods virtually every year, were particularly upset. “We won’t┬áhave anything to complain about,” said one resident. “That’s an intolerable situation.”
Asked to explain the absence of the floods the Bangkok Governor apologised profusely and said he didn’t know what had gone wrong. tie sympathised with people who had been deprived of the floods and said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) was doing its best to alleviate the problem. The Governor assured residents everything would be back to normal next year “if it rained.”
In the meantime, he has ordered the fire brigade out to squirt water at people in extreme distress.
More demonstrations were planned as the non-flood situation threatened to get worse. “If we’re not up to our knees in water by the end of the month, things could turn ugly,” confided one official.
According to unreliable reports, members of the Anti-Flood Committee have gone into hiding for fear of reprisals by angry flood-starved citizens.
Among those particularly concerned about the absence of the floods were doctors. “Business is really bad. I haven’t had one case of Bangkok Foot all year,” moaned one physician.
Another resident complained: “Its a sorry state of affairs. If we can’t rely on the floods, what can we rely on? The next thing we know there won’t even be any potholes to fall in. What is Bangkok coming to?”