BANGKOK,19 August 2019 – Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha visited Surin and Buri Ram to follow up on the drought situation.
Accompanied by Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paojinda, Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on and Natural Resources, Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa and Deputy Defense Minister Gen Chaicharn Changmongkol, Gen Prayut left Don Muang air force base for Buri Ram airport in Satuek district of Buri Ram. The prime minister was briefed on government agencies’ operations in Surin and Buri Ram and followed up on the drought situation and lack of water in the northeastern provinces. Water for consumption by local villagers has been managed in an integrated manner.
In Surin, the prime minister inspected the water level at Saneng reservoir, a Royal Irrigation Department project, and was briefed on water management and distribution of trucks of water for consumption at the Surin Irrigation Project site. He chaired a meeting on water shortages with 20 northeastern provincial governors at Surin Provincial Hall. He visited officials at royal rainmaking operations in Surin and supportive military units at Surin Phakdee airport in the capital district of Surin.
The prime minister visited Huay Chorakae Mark reservoir under, Royal Irrigation Department project in Buri Ram, and was briefed on the situation of potable water and water management in Buri Ram. He met with 118 villagers, who have been affected by drought and who have been assisted by government units with a water distribution system for Lam Pathian – Huay Talard reservoir.