Ubon makes preparations for next year’s worse drought

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UBON RATCHATHANI, 8 October 2015  – Ubon Ratchathani province has prepared to tackle next year’s worse drought. Its governor said the province’s main dam might be closed to preserve water. 

Governor of Ubon Ratchathani province Somsak Changtrakul on Thursday attended a video conference chaired by Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Gen.Chatchai Sarikalya. The minister said next year’s drought was expected to be worse than this year and the Cabinet had already approved assistance measures for farmers. The Cabinet also gave the green light to drought prevention strategies. The strategies would be implemented from November this year onward, the minister said.

The governor said after the meeting that relevant units were assessing water supply for agriculture, industry, commerce and tap water production with the objective to manage the water for maximum benefits of all water users.

Ubon Ratchathani might consider closing the Pak Mun dam so that there would be sufficient water for use throughout 2016, Mr.Somsak said.