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About 59 percent of the total area of the country covering 548 districts are now classified as water shortage area, according to the National Water Resources Committee.
The lower Chao Phraya river basin which covers Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani is badly in need of a lot of water for cultivation.
Area outside the irrigation system which covers 489 districts mostly in the Northeast and the Central Plains are in need of water for consumption and to preserve the ecological system.
For the rest of the area, they are placed under watch for possible water shortage.
The National Water Resources Committee and agencies concerned are to hold a press conference at the Government House to report on the latest water situation and the measures to cope with the water shortage situation.