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The government yesterday launched the big ever artificial rain making operation to ease the expected worst drought in 20 years in the Central Plains, starting first in Nakhon Sawan where more than 30 aircrafts were used.
The operation was declared open at a ceremony chaired by Gen Patamapong Patompat, assistant to the agriculture and cooperatives minister, at the Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation Department’s airfield in Nakhon Sawan.
The operation involved more than 30 rainmaking aircrafts consisting of 22 aircrafts from the department and 8 aircrafts from the Royal Thai Air Force.
It is aimed to help increase water supply for agricultural activities in the Chao Phraya River basin and the Pasak River basin covering Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Suphanburi, Ang Thong and Phetchabun provinces.
The government hoped that the operation will help fill up dams situated in these areas.