Special rainmaking units set up in royal concern over drought

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BANGKOK, 29 June 2015 (NNT) – His Majesty the King has ordered the opening of two special rainmaking units in Chiang Mai and Nakhon Sawan to relieve shortage of water due to droughts.

The rainmaking unit in Nakhon Sawan has been assigned to conduct artificial rain making operations in the Chao Phraya basin while the one in Chiang Mai has been entrusted to launch similar operations in the northern region. The operaions come under the supervision of the Director-General of the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation.

The objectives of the operations are to increase the volume of reserved water at various dams. If the operations are successful, these dams will have sufficient water to be released to farmland and for tapwater production. The use of rainmaking operations was one of the solutions that His Majesty the King had suggested to officials to solve the drought crisis in 1999.