Drought in 42 provinces under close watch

The national drought monitoring centre is keeping a close watch on 42 provinces at risk of running out of water for household and other essential use, permanent secretary for agriculture Theerapat Prayoonsit said.

Mr Theerapat said the centre is chaired by Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chatchai Sarikulya and is also manned by the Interior Ministry staff including provincial governors of the respective provinces.

The centre is keeping a close watch on the sitution in the 42 provinces and was ready to provide help if they run out of household water, he said.  He did not name the 42 provinces.

“In general, water in major dams is, with proper management, still sufficient for consumption, pushing out brackish water and maintaining the eco-system throughout the dry season until the rain arrives, possibly in July.

“Therefore people should not worry, but they do need to use water wisely,” he said.

-more at Bangkokpost

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