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Dept of Water Resources speeding up help in drought-disaster zone



The Department of Water Resources is speeding up assistance for residents in drought-hit Phayuhakhiri district, Nakhon Sawan province.

The Department of Water Resources has installed two 12-inch water pumping machines on the bank of Chao Phraya River. Through a newly-constructed 1-kilometer pipeline, water in the river will be transported to 300 homes in Phayuhakhiri district to alleviate the drought crisis which has dragged on for several months. The department has also warned the residents against using water for agriculture as the area could risk running out of water for consumption.

Meanwhile in Nakhon Ratchasima province, the amount of water in Lam Takhong Dam on Saturday was reported to be 54.65 million cubic meters or only 17 percent of the dam’s capacity, prompting the officials to reduce the quantity of water released from the dam to 3 cubic meters per second. Officials have confirmed that the remaining amount of water in the dam will last until the rainy season arrives while urging everyone to use water in the most efficient way possible.

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Drought has take toll on Kwan Phayao and its fish stocks



 Kwan Phayao, the biggest fresh-water lake in the North, is fast drying up with many fish getting killed due to the extreme hot weather.

Mr Vivat Prarom, director of the fishery research and development centre in Kwan Phayao, said that the water in the lake, reputed to be the 4th biggest of the country, has substantially depleted exposing some of the lake bottom which eventually cracked.

He noted that many fish species did not spawn due to the receding water and hot weather resulting to a sharp drop of fish population in the lake.

Nevertheless, he disclosed that the centre had bred about 50 million fish fries which will be released into the lake once the lack is replenished with rain waters.

Kwan Phayao lake covers an area of about 12,000 rai.

Meanwhile, Mr Somboon Buathet, president of the fishery group of Ban San Nong Niew, said that the depletion of fish stocks in the lake had deprived many households around the lake of revenues from fishing.

Shortage of water has also made it impossible for farming too, he added.



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21 percent of water are left in five dams in Korat

 There are only 21 percent of water left in five dams in Nakhon Ratchasima which are below forecast, said Mr Chidchanok Somprasert, director of the 8th Irrigation Office.

He noted that water in the five dams namely Lam Takong, Lam Phra Ploeng, Moon Bon, Lam Sae and Lam Plaimat had been receding steadily to the extent that only 21 percent of water are left in the dams.

The amount of water in the five dams is as follows: 52.9 million cubic metres in Lam Takong against full capacity of 314.4 million cubic metres; 30.1 million cubic metres in Lam Phra Ploeng against full capacity of 109 million cubic metres; 27 million cubic metres in Moon Bon against full capacity of 141 million cubic metres; 44.7 million cubic metres in Lam Sae against full capacity of 275 million cubic metres; and 34.8 million cubic metres in Lam Plaimat against full capacity of 96 million cubic metres.

Mr Chidchanok pointed out that the remaining water in the dams was below anticipation and the recent rains have not helped much in replenishing the dams. But he is confident that the remaining water will be enough to meet consumption demand until the arrival of the rainy season.

The director is optimistic that the water condition in all five dams will definitely improve in July when more rains are expected.

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Water reservoirs in Surin still at critical levels despite recent rainfall

Despite the recent downpours, two of the 18 reservoirs in Surin province remain at critical levels.

Director of Surin’s Irrigation Office Jetsada Boonsuya revealed that the province’s 18 reservoirs currently hold a total of 57 million cubic meters, or 40% of their combined capacity. Despite recent rainfall, the reservoirs of Huay Kaew and Koh Kaew are still under 10% capacity.

Mr Jetsada therefore urged residents to continue to conserve water. The province has also urged farmers to delay cultivation by another month to avoid damages that may occur.

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Korat reservoir levels still low after storm


Water levels at Lam Takhong and four other reservoirs in Nakhon Ratchasima remain at only around 20% of their capacity despite heavy rain from a summer thunderstorm. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

Water levels in five major reservoirs in this northeastern province remain low despite heavy rains from a summer thunderstorm that pounded several areas.

The five reservoirs — Lam Takhong, Lam Phra Ploeng, Mun Bon, Lam Sae and Lam Plaima — were now filled to only 20% of their total holding capacity, Chidchanok Somprasert, director of the Irrigation Office Zone 8, said on Saturday.

Lam Takhong in Si Khiu district contained 51 million cubic metres, or 16.2% of its holding capacity of 314.5 million. Lam Phra Ploeng in Pak Thong Chai holds 22.9 milllion cu m (21.2%); Mun Bon in Khon Buri district has 25.9 million cu m (19.4%) and Lam Sae in the same district has 44.1 million cu m (16.5%). Water in the Lam Plaimat reservoir in Soeng Sang district totals 34.9 million cu m, or 39.4% of its holding capacity.

The water stored in the reservoirs was lower than expected for this time of year and given recent weather events, said Mr Chidchanok.

Over the past two weeks, summer storms have lashed the province, causing heavy downpours in several areas. However, the storms did not bring up the water levels in the reservoirs as the heaviest rain took place in areas behind the reservoirs.

Irrigation officials plan to meet with representatives of other agencies in mid-June to work out a detailed water management plan, said Mr Chidchanok.

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Drought lingers in many northeastern provinces

 The provincial irrigation department in Buriram province advises the local farmers to postpone their rice cultivation for one more month due to low levels of water in reservoirs. In Kamphaeng Phet, farmers’ water sources are still dried up, damaging many crops.

Drought has continued to affect Mueang district in Kamphaeng Phet. The local farmers are worried that all of their produce will be damaged if the situation does not improve.

In Buriram, farmers inside and outside of irrigation areas in the province are warned that their rice may be damaged if they plant it during this period. The provincial irrigation department suggests that they should not plant rice until mid-June despite some rainstorms in the province. No water has not yet flown into all 16 reservoirs in Buriram.

In Surin, certificates have been given to the farmers who participated in a training course to increase agricultural production. They learned how to adjust their cultivation to suit the weather and market demands.

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More water in dams this year than last year’s

 There is more water in dams across the country this year than last year and the water will be enough for consumption and for farming to last through the next dry season, Irrigation Department director-general Suthep Noypairote assured on Tuesday.

However, he admitted that the amount of water stored in 20 dams such as Mae Ngad, Mae Kwang, Nam Pung, Chulabhorn, Lampao, Ubonrat, Lam Takong, Lam Phra Ploeng, Pasak Cholasit, Tap Salao, Bang Phra, Nong Pla Lai and Pran Buri was still not much although it was better than last year’s.

Dienmu tropical storm last week caused flooding in parts of Nan province and increased water level in Sirikit dam and Chao Phraya river basin. Sirikit dam now is estimated to store 2,390 million cubic metres of water, representing 36 percent of its full capacity while Bhumibol dam is getting 18 million cubic metres of water a day and is expected to store up to nine billion cubic metres of water by the end of the rainy season.

The main dams now store 3,696 million cubic metres of water which should be enough to meet the needs for consumption and to maintain the ecological balance.

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Re: Water resources expert advises farmers to brace for drought
« Reply #67 on: February 14, 2017, 07:06:36 PM »
Water resources expert advises farmers to brace for drought

The Director of the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology has asked people to be cautious of the impending drought and prepare water for usage during the dry season.

Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute Director Royol Chitdon compared the weather in 2017 to the weather in 1999, with the southern and northern regions experiencing significant rainfall during January to February. The accumulated volume of rainfall during this period is recorded at 1,464 millimeters.

Although Chao Phraya Dam currently holds twice as much water than it did last year, the general public should remain vigilant and use water with care. The country has continued to face recurring drought crises for 2-3 consecutive years, he said. Farmers in particular have been asked to prepare an appropriate water management plan for daily usage and for agriculture.

He went on to say that the amount of usable water at other dams remains far from abundance, so farmers should choose to cultivate crops with a short harvest cycle, instead of opting for off-season rice.

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Re: The drought situation - Isaan working to cope with drought
« Reply #68 on: March 14, 2017, 05:14:51 PM »
Northeast working to cope with drought



Work has begun in provinces of the northeast to ensure adequate water supply during the drought season.

In Khon Kaen province, farmers in Muang district have sectioned off parts of their farms for use as reservoirs despite the high cost of such a practice, saying that the water will be needed after the past 3 years saw severe drought conditions. They noted that some farmers have already begun planting a new crop for this season despite government warnings against doing so.

In Uthai Thani province, military personnel have taken part in dredging canals in Baan Rai district in assistance of Karen villagers. The dredged waterways will be able to take on more water and help to replenish local reservoirs. Earlier, the army dispatched water trucks to provide drinking and usage water to locals of Baan Rai, urging them to ration the water for future use.

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