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Iconic waterfalls in Uthai Thani running dry

Two waterfalls are drying up as drought hits Uthai Thani, threatening the well being of wild animals in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.
Situated in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, the famous Chai Boer Waterfall and Kaeng Sao Noi Waterfall have come to a standstill as both bodies of water are now depleted and rocks are starting to appear, a result of this year’s early drought. The fast-drying waterfalls are home to many wildlife species and are visited by thousands of tourists every year.

Drought is also affecting canals and waterways in Chai Nat province. From May 1st, the Irrigation Department will ‘strategically’ discharge water from irrigation canals to agricultural zones to ensure sufficient water for household consumption and farming activities throughout the dry season.

In the meantime, Chiang Rai province is warning residents against fire hazards and discouraging all burning activities that potentially cause heavy smoke and haze. The 60-day ban on burning that was first enforced in February will be in effect until April 17th. Local authorities are on heightened alert for possible forest fires.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has issued haze warnings for three provinces, saying the air density in Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, and Lampang is below safety levels. The department has already instructed its local offices to keep a watchful eye on the haze situation and respond swiftly when needed.

NNT

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