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Water level at Bhumibol and Sirikit dams most critical in 51 years

Water level at Bhumibol and Sirikit dams most critical in 51 yearsWater level at Bhumibol and Sirikit dams most critical in 51 years

water levels in ThailandThe water level at Bhumibol dam has dropped to the most critical level in 51 years with only 410 million cubic metre of water which can be utilized and just four million cubic metre of water flowing into the dam a day, said Mr Natjapon Phumiwiangsri, assistant governor of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

Because of the critical low level of water in Bhumibol dam, the amount of water released from the dam has been adjusted down from 22 mcm to 10 mcm/day.

Mr Natjapon said that the water level at the Sirikit dam is also equally critical and the amount of water being released from the dam has been adjusted down from 33 mcm/day to 22 mcm/day.

But the water situations at Srinagarind and Vajiralongkorn dams in Kanchanaburi are comparatively better than those at Bhumibol and Sirikit dams with the amount of water at Srinagarind dam at 68 percent of its capacity or 12,113 mcm and 41 percent of its capacity or 3,653 mcm at Vajiralongkorn dam.

Due to water shortages, rice farmers have been asked to postpone rice cultivation until late July when rains are expected and to use water sparingly.

Thai PBS

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