Historic severe drought wreaks havoc in parts of Thailand

Historic severe drought has so far affected 32 000 ha (70 073 acres) of rice crops in Thailand's Phimai district.

Officials observed the situation in the district and found rice on 32 000 ha (79 073 acres) have wilted and are on the verge of dying as various sources of water in the district are running dry.

According to Governor Wichian Chantharanothai, if it does not rain this month the crops will be destroyed, the Bangkok Post reports. "This is the worst drought so far this year," the governor said and urged residents to use water prudently.

Some locals are saying this has been the driest July in 40 years.

In order to provide temporary relief, water trucks have been sent to the drought-affected regions and authorities promised compensation to affected farmers. 

Similar reports are coming in from Surin province where water levels of Huai Saneng canal, the main lifeline of the reservoir with the same name, are lowest in 41 years. Residents said it shouldn't last a month.

Featured image credit: NBT World


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