BANGKOK, 12 March 2012 – The Energy for Environment Center has expressed concerns that Thailand will likely face a higher risk of drought than inundation this year.
Energy for Environment Director Seri Supharathit has pointed out that this year Thailand stands a greater chance of facing a drought crisis rather then a flood crisis like it did in the past year due to the small amount of rain predicted for 2012. However, measures to deal with a possible flood crisis must still be intact, especially in industrial areas and residential communities. He has also suggested that the country’s transportation system should have both prevention and management plans to cope with the natural disaster.
Mr. Seri added that the Strategic Committee for Water Resources Management (SCWRM) must promptly establish a plan to manage the nation’s main dams, restore and improve construction efficiency, develop a better warning system and database, and clearly specify a catchment area. Additionally, he commented that the public must be informed of the committee’s progress every step of the way.