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25 provinces declared drought-stricken areas

25 provinces which cover 114 districts and 501 villages have been declared drought-stricken areas by the Department of Prevention and Mitigation of Public Disasters, said Mr Chatchai Promlert, the department chief, on Monday.

droughtThe drought-stricken provinces are divided into three groups depending on the severity of the drought problem.

One group was identified as provinces who have problem with water for consumption. These include Surin, Chainat, Chon Buri, Khon Kaen, Saraburi, Phichit, Lamphun and Trang.

The second group was identified as provinces which do not have enough water for farming. These include Chiang Mai, Phayao, Sukhothai, Nakhon Phanom, Maha Sarakham, Buriram, Kanchanaburi, Sakaeo and Chanthaburi.

The third group includes Nakhon Sawan, Petchaburi, Uttradit, Satun, Nakhon Ratchasima, Trat and Krabi. They experience water shortage for consumption and farming.

Mr Chatchai is, however, confident that the water at the country’s four main dams namely Bhumibol, Sirikit, Kwae Noi Bamrungdaen and Pasak Cholasit estimated at 2,328 million cubic metres will be enough for consumption until July.

But he said that authorities are watching out for high tide during April 11-14 during which time more water will be released downstream to push back sea water so it will not affect the source of raw water for tap water in Chachoengsao, Pathum Thani and Prachin Buri.

Thai PBS

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