Cabinet approves projects to lessen drought problems

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Bangkok – A cabinet meeting on Wednesday approved a mid-year budget of about 1.22 billion baht for 144 projects to increase the number of water catchment areas to lessen the impact of drought, as well as store a greater quantity of water in the rainy season.

The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) says 18 provinces are currently at risk of water shortage and the catchment projects must be completed in 90 days.

Meanwhile, Royal rainmaking operations in Nakhon Si Thammarat have resulted in rain falling in 40 percent of the area for two consecutive days, which benefited agricultural areas, increased the volume of water in various streams, especially upstream areas in Luang Mountain and should relieve the symptoms of drought for a while.