Drought hits half of country, though rice play seen surviving

A rancher in Song Phi Nong district in Suphan Buri tries to get her rowboat by Rang Thong waterway that is drying up. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

Slightly some-more than half of a nation is confronting H2O shortages, though a Royal Irrigation Department stays assured a Central Plain will tarry a dry season.

Water Resources Department director-general Suphot Tovichakchaikul pronounced 548 out of 928 districts in a nation are fighting drought, an emanate addressed in a assembly chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during Government House on Monday.

Short-term measures to assistance a nation tarry drought until a subsequent stormy deteriorate arrives are focused on anticipating some-more subterraneous H2O pot and discharging H2O to dull regions, he added.

But irrigation arch Suthep Noipairote likely drought would not harm a Chao Phraya plain as a rice play of a nation will have adequate H2O until a finish of May.

While Mr Suthep voiced certainty in doing a problem in rice-growing executive provinces, a H2O turn during a Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat continues to float underneath a 14-metre “critical” level. It stood during 13.95 metres above sea turn on Monday and has been underneath 14m given a start of a year.

Dam executive Ekkasit Sukdithanaporn warned farmers on Jan 4, when a turn was totalled during 13.89 metres, that H2O would not be liberated to feed second rice crops in downstream fields.

Six vital dams, including Bhumipol in Tak and Sirikit in Uttaradit now are using during reduction than half their capacity, a Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Monday.

Mr Supote and Mr Suthep did not name a districts battling serious H2O shortages. But some districts along a Yom River in Phrae, Sukhothai and Phitsanulok already have been strike hard. Some in Suphan Buri and Pathum Thani also reported H2O shortages.

In Phrae’s Muang district, soldiers assimilated internal authorities and villagers in tambon Pamat to dump 6,000 sandbags into a Yom with hopes of saving H2O for a entrance months.

Sitthiphan Thonglai, a tambon administration organization chief, pronounced a stream besiege was required as a necessity conditions could get worse.

Phitsanulok administrator Chuchart Keelapaeng pronounced Wang Thong, Nuen Maprang and Phrom Phiram districts have been announced disaster zones, as shortages were serious and Bang Rakam district could be combined to a list.

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