RANONG 29 April 2014— The Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary is conducting follow-ups on His Majesty’s drought relief efforts in Ranong province.
Mr. Jaralthada Kannasut, consultant to the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary, traveled to parts of Chumphon and Ranong on April 27-29, 2014 in order to receive updates and follow-ups on the current drought situation in the two provinces and on the developments and improvements of His Majesty’s royal initiatives in the region. On April 29, Mr. Jaralthada traveled to a local reservoir in Ranong.
In regard to the “Att Nam Huay Hoi" reservoir built by the royal project in Ranong province, it is now under the Royal Irrigation Department and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The reservoir itself was built in 2006 to provide locals with better irrigation and resolve the problems of water shortage plaguing the area.
According to Mr. Jaralthada, the local community of the “Att Nam Huay Hoi" reservoir is quite efficient when it comes to water usage. However, a major problem in the region is that forests in the mountains have been massively destroyed — rendering them unable to retain less water for use during the drought season. Mr. Jaralthada, therefore, suggested that locals realize the importance of preserving their forests in the area.
To handle the drought situation in the short-run, Mr. Jaralthada has commissioned another small reservoir to be built in the area in order for local residents to be able to have access to wate.