Drought worsens in several provinces


KHONKAEN, 8 March 2014  The widespread drought continues to worsen in several provinces of Thailand due to months of no rainfall. 

In Khon Kaen province, residents of Mueang and Ban Fang districts are now faced with a serious shortage of tap water after their water storage reservoir dried up. The reservoir is completely without water, as there has been no inflow of water for two months.

In Satun province, local people on Sarai Island in Mueang district lined up on Friday to get water from an artesian aquifer after finding that most of the normally-available freshwater supply had been exhausted. The island has been declared by the local administrative organization a ‘red’ zone on the scale of drought disaster.

In Mae Hong Son, the local Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office revealed that people in two districts were facing water shortages as a result of drought, and the provincial administration has been notified of the dire situation.