Don’t go near the water

Don’t go near the water

A freak tragedy awakens Bangkok to the menace of filthy canals

On a humid monsoon night, shortly after midnight, Thailand’s favorite pop star swerved off the road and plunged his black BMW into one of Bangkok’s canals. He was pulled from the water with minor injuries, yet he is dying of a fungal brain infection.

The reason, doctors say, is that Bangkok’s canal water is so dirty that when it seeped into his head wounds, it poisoned him and left him in a coma. The doctors say his chances of survival are slim.

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