BMA braced for annual drought, setting up water pumps


BANGKOK, 19 February 2014 The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is braced for an early dry season as water pumping machines have been set up along major canals around Bangkok and its vicinity. 

BMA Governor M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra has inspected the eastern part of Bangkok and found that water supply was running short in many agricultural areas as water levels in major dams such as Bhumibol and Sirikit, have been decreasing constantly. According to the governor, over 5,000 rai of agricultural land has already been affected by the dry weather condition.

The BMA has installed water pumping machines and water tanks along Bangkok canals to help ease the drought for crop growers.

As for long-term solutions, the governor said the BMA was looking forward to building a reservoir in Bangkok’s northern region, which is expected to help the capital fight through both drought and flood seasons.