Low rainfall threatens crops in Nakhon Ratchasima & Nakhon Sawan

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA – Several regions in Thailand continue to suffer drought, with water levels reaching critical lows at Lam Takhong Dam in Nakhon Ratchasima province.

Water levels at Lam Takhong Dam have fallen to 15% capacity. Suttiroj Kongkaew, Director of the Lam Takhong Operation and Maintenance Project, ordered constant monitoring of the dam’s water levels, after less-than-expected rainfall in nearby Khao Yai National Park.

He also told officials charged with the local water supply to store rainwater for tap water production. Meteorologists have forecast a rainstorm in October, just north of the dam. However, if low rainfall persists, the region will likely suffer a dire drought situation next year.

Irrigation officials have also reported lower levels in the Chao Phraya River. They urged farmers that have finished harvesting to suspend operations for the rest of the year. For those who are still in the process of cultivating crops, officials have asked that farmers irrigate with rainwater and maintain water reserves to last until harvesting. Farmers without access to natural water resources were told that any cultivation runs a high risk of crop failure.

Meanwhile in Nakhon Sawan province, the recent lack of precipitation has forced farmers to pump water from nearby canals to irrigate their rice paddies, which were sown during a period of constant rain. Provincial irrigation officials have also asked that farmers cease further crop cultivation for the rest of the year.

However, Nan province has received constant rainfall, causing slippery roads and car accidents in several areas. Local authorities have urged caution when driving, especially for tourists unfamiliar with local roads.