Environment Minister urged provincial governors to find new disaster prevention measures

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CHIANG MAI, 18 May 2012 – The Environment Minister has called on governors of provinces at risk of natural disasters to come up with new measures to safeguard themselves against future threats.

Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk said during a meeting in Chiang Mai on the conservation and rehabilitation of forest, land and the construction of levees that Deputy Prime Minister Yongyoot Wichaidit would like the governors of 8 Northern provinces to step up their game in the prevention of natural disasters.

In doing, Deputy PM Yongyoot has suggested that all governors come up with new and more sustainable measures to save their respective areas from future natural disasters.

One of the approaches the deputy prime minister has called for is the preventive policies against drought, which include the creation of Kam-Ling or water retention area and the excavation of underground water wells in remote areas.

Another concern is the haze crisis in the North, which Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has asked Mr. Yongyoot to remind all related governors to identify an effective way to put an end to this problem.