Thailand warns of water shortage in North East region

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BANGKOK, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — The Thai Royal Irrigation Department (RID) on Monday warned of low reserved water at major dams in the North East region and advised residents that the water left-over will only be sufficient for consumption.

The RID, which is administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, said it has already deployed about 80 pumps to supply water for agriculture and consumption in five provinces in the North East.

They are Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin and Roi Et.

Thankfully, the local farmers have already harvested rice, which is the main crop, said Saksiri Yusuk, RID director.

The director also said that dams facing very low levels of water include Ubon Ratana dam in Khon Kaen province and the Chulabhorn dam in Chaiyaphum province.

“We just want to remind all those living near the two dams to use water wisely, as the raining season is now over and drought is just around the corner,” said Saksiri.

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