Let's take Sukhothai as an example. Improving and repairing the floodwalls must have been accomplished over the past year. Now we already know that foreign contractors cannot enter the process as they have to identify commissions (read bribes) they must pay. Only Thai firms bid on the job. A government worker wrote the specifications of the work to be done.
Standard engineering practice is to ensure that the foundation on which these walls are to be built are sufficient...Duh, did the local Thai journalists ever read the proposal, look at the specifications, while the wall was being built who inspected the foundations. Just think if a reporter had discovered malfeasance he could have gone after in Chiang Mai journalistic style.
The foundation for Buddhist practice is found in mindfulness. As we can see on a daily basis the only strong foundation in Thailand is "greed,hatred and delusion"