BANGKOK – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has assigned the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to add data on the drought situation to the database of the government’s online applications, hoping to help people get ready for upcoming drought, ICT minister Uttama Savanayana revealed.
The information to be added includes water situation, rainfall level, drought impacts, rice planting areas as well as cultivation of alternative plants and occupations that farmers should take in case of new drought crisis ahead.
Today, the apps hub “www.apps.go.th” contains 108 online applications owned by 68 government units. Fonluang app is for checking where royal rainmaking operations are in progress and how much water is reserved in dams nationwide.
NHC app reports tides, water ways and strength of storm; meanwhile WMSC app is database about water in natural sources, rainfall and agricultural lands suitable for farmers. Thai Weather provides weather forecast, storm route, earthquake reports and warnings about natural disasters. All these apps can be downloaded onto smartphones.
However, people can reach all of the information above via multipurpose service machines located at two sites — G-Point at Central World and the other at Central Salaya department store. ICT is planning to install more machines in other areas to widen the service coverage.