Chonburi mobilizes drought relief

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With as many as five Chonburi districts facing drought conditions, officials are mobilizing manpower and equipment to help those facing water shortages.

Complying with an Interior Ministry directive, Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai led a video-conference meeting of provincial politicians and bureaucrats at Phra Pipith Phokhai Hall to discuss measures that could be taken to ease suffering.

Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai is tasked with mobilizing manpower and equipment to help people facing water shortages. Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai is tasked with mobilizing manpower and equipment to help people facing water shortages.

The ministry ordered Chonburi and other drought-hit provinces to mobilize manpower, equipment, water trucks and pumps, and other transport to bring water to areas where there was little.

Khomsan urged the Provincial Waterworks Authority to increase the amount of hard water it cleans for consumption and the Public Health Department to begin health checks, as diseases can increase during hot months, he said.

Sriracha, Koh Sichang and Koh Jan have already been declared drought zones and Nong Yai and some of Sattahip may soon get similar designations.