CHUMPHON – Stormy weather has affected fishing and poultry industries in the southern province of Chumphon and in the northeastern province of Nong Khai.
In Chumphon, storms have washed sand into Khlong Rew, the canal connecting the fishing community to the sea. The village headman said storms had for several years brought a huge a mount of sand up onto the shore. Villagers, most of whom are fishermen, have been affected as their sea route has often been too shallow for their boats to access their moorings.
The Department of Highways has sent officials and two backhoes to clear away the sand along a 700-meter stretch of the canal, as an initial solution. Governor Somdee Kachayangyuen said an Environmental Impact Assessment, must first be carried out, in seeking a long-term solution.
In the Northeast, the Agriculture Office in Nong Khai has advised chicken raisers to keep their birds healthy and protect them from rainstorms to prevent losses. Meanwhile, residents of Bueng Kan have joined forces with officials to build check dams in upstream forests to relieve the impact of drought and revive nature as a tribute to His Majesty the King.