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Korat hit by severe drought
« on: June 23, 2019, 05:24:41 PM »
Korat hit by severe drought

Farmers in Prathai district of this northeastern province are suffering from severe drought as more than 200,000 rai of rice fields have seen no rain for a long period, according to local media reports.

Pakphum Ninarat, a farmer in Ban Lung Chan in tambon Huay Han Sai, said most of the rice fields in Pathai district have been without rain for several weeks despite the official arrival of the rainy season.  Farmers have resorted to pumping water from artesian wells to keep rice plants alive and growing.

If this drought continues unabated, the farmers might have to leave their crops to die and stop growing rice this year, he said.

Mr Phakphum said this year's drought was a repetition of last year when more than 80% of the rice fields were damaged by the lack of rain. The situation has become even worse this year, he added.

Most of the natural water resources in the district have dried up. Water levels in most reservoirs are low, enough for tap water production only for the next one to two months. If there's no rain soon, tap water might run dry in many localities of Prathai district, he said.

Farmers are placing their hope on help from the government, Mr Phakphum said.

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Re: Korat cattle hard hit by lack of water
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2019, 01:42:21 PM »
Korat cattle hard hit by lack of water


Drought in Nakhon Ratchasima province. (Photo by Praset Tangprasert)

It's not just rice and other crops that have fallen victim to the severe drought that has afflicted this northeastern province -- the cows and buffaloes in Non Sung district are also suffering, according to local media reports.

Farmers said that after several months with little or no rain, sources of water have dried up and fresh grass for animals has become scarce.

Sawat Yiangklang, 59, who raises cattle in tambon Lum Khao, said farmers have to take their cows and buffaloes from open fields to forage for fresh grass along road shoulders, and water at various ponds and swamps as far as four kilometres away from their villages every day.

Mr Sawat, who has 15 cows to feed, said this year's drought is the most serious in many years.

Help from the government is urgently needed, he added.

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Re: Korat hit by severe drought
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2019, 04:12:47 PM »
Tap water drying up, crops withering in arid fields

Worst drought in 40 years in North, Northeast

People in the northern and northeastern regions are facing the worst drought in 40 years, with crops withering and tap water on the verge of drying up in some areas.

A Nakhon Ratchasima, a provincial waterworks official on Friday warned of a looming shortage of tap water in areas where levels in local reservoirs are dropping.

“This is the longest the rains have held off in 40 years,” said Prayat Raksachat, who operates a piped water system in Thap Kwai, a village in tambon Chiwan in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Phimai district.

“The tap water supply is currently at only 1% of capacity,” Mr Prayat said.

He was worried how the village of 500 residents would find water for daily use and consumption.

Throughout much of the Northeast, in areas without irrigation, rice crops have wilted and turned yellow, instead of the healthy green normal at this time of year, and will soon die off unless there is substantial rain.

Chaiyong Chaiburi, a farmer in tambon Chiwan, said arid weather conditions have forced him to reap all the rice plants on his 50 rai of paddy.

“I used it to feed my buffaloes,” he said. “It’s better to see the rice put to good use instead of just withering away and dying.”

In Chaiyaphum province, residents of Muang district have resorted to an ancient ritual known as hae nang maeo, or the cat procession, in a desperate attempt to appease the gods and have them dump rain on the arid areas.

By tradition the villagers throw water on cats being carried around in cages. It is believed a cat's cry will be heard by the Gods as a request for rain.

“But we know now that treating cats that way is cruelty to animals, so we use toy cats instead,” Songkhram Wonsikhai, a 75-year-old local wiseman, said.

The situation is the northern region is equally worrying.

The water level in the Mae Kuang Udom Thara Reservoir in Chiang Mai province has fallen to only 12% of its capacity  -- worse than the level seen during the drought crisis in 2015, Chensak Limpiti, director of Mae Kuang Udom Thara Reservoir, said.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said the ministry will keep the farmers updated about the drought and weather conditions.

"Despite the severe conditions, we need to tell the truth to farmers. They must know whether their plants will survive or not," he said.

Thailand is not the only Asia country suffering from drought during the rainy season, Smith Thammasaroj, former chairman of the National Disaster Warning Centre, said. India, Pakistan and Myanmar face a similar situation, because the humidity from the North Pole has not come south as it normally should have,

This will mean less or even no rainfall until September, he said.     

The Meteorological Department said that the delay in the rains was partly caused by a warmer Pacific Ocean, which will decrease rainfall in the East and Central Plains, including Bangkok, by 5% until next month.

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Re: Korat hit by severe drought
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2019, 08:14:34 PM »

Prayut orders army to be on alert


Severe drought in North raises concerns

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the armed forces to provide help in areas affected by drought, a situation which may be made worse by the test run of Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River in Laos.

Gen Prayut, also the defence minister, expressed "grave concern" over the situation in the North and the Northeast, assistant defence spokesman Phatchasak Patirupanon said yesterday, though the premier did not specifically point to the impact from the dam test.

Eight provinces located along the river in the two regions -- Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Beung Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen -- are likely to bear the brunt if the hydroelectric trial, which started last Monday, continues until July 29 as planned.

Much of the North and Northeast have become arid due to a lack of moist air from the North Pole and Pacific Ocean, known as the El Nino effect.

On Friday, the Office of National Water Resources wrote to the Lao government, asking it to suspend the test.

The 1,260-megawatt Xayaburi dam, located just south of Luang Prabang in Xayaburi province, is scheduled to begin churning out electricity this October, with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) being its major power buyer.

"The armed forces have been told to look for drought-affected areas so it can provide immediate help," Col Phatchasak said, referring to Gen Prayut's order.

Relief measures include sending army water trucks to drought-stricken areas, Col Phatchasak said. The air force will also work with agriculture officials to make artificial rain near reservoirs, which continue to suffer from low water levels.

"Rain is now a past memory," Athit Phanasun, chief of a Nong Khai environmental group, said after many areas in his province have seen no rain for over a month even though it should have been a soaking wet period.

Nong Khai's Muang district on the side of the Mekong now sees its riverbank extend almost to the middle of a section of the river, following the recent rapid decrease in its water level, he said.

The Xayaburi dam test will only make things worse, Mr Athit added.

In Chiang Rai, residents are complaining over a drop of water level in the Mekong. They are also worried about the dam operations upstream in Laos.

"Water levels are even lower than they usually get during dry season," tourist boat operator On Unsaeng said.

Farmers in Nakhon Ratchasima are also suffering. Their rice crops in paddy fields covering almost 200,000 rai in Phimai district are wilting and dying as the severe drought takes a toll.

Governor Wichian Chantharanothai yesterday reported that water sources in the district are running dry.

"Unless it rains this month, the crops will be decimated," said the governor, adding water trucks had been sent to drought-hit areas to provide temporary relief.

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Korat hard hit by water shortage
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2019, 06:44:32 AM »
Korat hard hit by water shortage

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Eight districts of this northeastern province have been hit by a water shortage, prompting the governor to instruct the local administrations and district chiefs of all 32 districts in the province to draw up drought prevention and mitigation measures, according to local media reports.

Suffering especially hard from shortages of water are 21 villages in 13 tambons of Non Sung, Chakkarat, Khong, Nong Bunmak, Muang, Pak Thong Chai, Si Khiu and Sung Noen districts.

Water supplies have been brought in from elsewhere to relieve the shortages in these localities.

Governor Wichian Chantaranothai has ordered the chiefs of all 32 districts as well as local administrations to draw up relief measures and report the situation to him on a weekly basis.

The waterworks plant in Dan Khun Thot district is running out of raw water for production as water in the Chiang Krai reservoir, its main source of water, has dropped to a critical level. Permission has been sought from residents in tambon Kut Phiman to divert 500,000 cubic metres of water from the Thanon Hai Yai swamp to the plant for tap water production.

The province has set up a command centre to coordindate efforts to cope with the drought and water shortage.

A provincial announcement has urged farmers to skip second-season rice farming and resort to growing crops that consume less water, such as various kinds of bean, sesame, sunflower, sorghum and vegetables.

Local administrations have been instructed to store water from various sources for tap water production in their localities and repair unused artesian wells to draw water for household use.

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