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Water shortages, tropical storms
« on: May 01, 2012, 01:49:19 PM »
Water shortages, tropical storms wreak havoc
Hundreds of homes hit, district runs dry

A water shortage is hitting the rice-growing provinces of Ayutthaya and Suphan Buri.

Phachi district of Ayutthaya province, which was badly flooded late last year, is now running short of raw water to produce potable water for the district.

The Phachi district waterworks station, which can normally produce 100 cubic metres of water an hour, has been forced to stop producing tap water for the past two days.

It can no longer draw enough raw water from Khlong Rapheephat, a main canal in the district.

Water levels in the canal have receded dramatically, leading to the water shortage.

As a result, officials yesterday were forced to call on the neighbouring district of Tha Rua for help, Phachi district chief Withit Pinnikorn said.

Water tankers carried in supplies from Tha Rua and distributed it to people affected by the drought.

Water levels in Khlong Rapheephat have dropped to the lowest point this year.

Additional water pumps were yesterday installed in a deeper position to pump the water into the water purification system so the Phachi waterworks facility could resume operations, Phawach Phlaengsri, manager of the Provincial Waterworks Authority's Tha Rua district office, said.

The PWA has set aside 80 million baht for its Tha Rua office to increase its capacity to produce running water to address water shortages during the dry season.

The money would be spent on acquiring 20 rai of land to dig a raw water retention pond in fiscal year 2013, which starts in October, he said.

Suphan Buri yesterday declared another district as a drought hit zone, bringing the total number of districts regarded as being drought disaster areas to five.

That means half of the province _ which has 10 districts _ is now regarded as a disaster area.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department says drought has affected 470 districts in 48 provinces nationwide since early February.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm has wreaked havoc on several northern and central provinces.

In Phichit's Sam Ngam district, a windstorm hit about 40 houses in six villages early yesterday, leaving many of the homes roofless.

No injuries were reported.

Another 40 houses in Uttaradit's Tha Pla district were ravaged by a thunderstorm on Sunday night.

Tha Pla resident Yupin Intaem, 50, said she was home alone when the storm hit. All she could do was cling to a pillar of the house, she said. The storm blew away all her roof tiles.

More than 200 houses in Kanchanaburi's Phanom Thuan district were damaged by a storm on Sunday night which included hail stones. Trees fell on roads and blocked traffic.

In Ang Thong, a 89-year-old man died yesterday in his hut-like home.

He is thought to have fallen victim to the extremely hot weather.

Fiam Pomkhet had complained about the searing summer heat and asked his daughter, Samruam Prasong, to buy him some iced water.

But when Ms Samruam returned home, she found her father dead in his bed.
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