Thailand Struggles With Drought

BenarNews Staff


Thailand is facing one of its worst droughts in more than 20 years. Forty-two of the nation’s 77 provinces are affected, including more than 3 million acres of farmland, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation.

Thailand has been affected by the El Niño warm weather phenomenon. Temperatures reached a record 42 Celsius in Lampang and Kanchana Buri provinces on April 19.

Officials hope the effect will subside when La Niña brings cooler temperatures and rain, expected in July.

Prutipong Tasanchaleekul, an irrigation official in the suburban Bangkok district of Rangsit, said that in Thailand’s central region, reservoirs at four major dams – Bhumibol, Sirikit, Pasak Cholasit and Kwai Noi – can supply water for irrigation, drinking and utility purposes only until the end of July, unless it rains.

In Pattani, Thai Muslims in Tung Yang Dang district resorted to begging Allah for rain. More than 100 people gathered on April 15 to pray for rain.

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