Water level in Lam Takhong dam critical

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, 28 June 2015 (NNT) – The Lam Takhong dam in Nakhon Ratchasima province has 57 million cubic meters or 18% of water left for use. The local irrigation department has suggested farmers in the irrigation areas to postpone their cultivation until the rain comes in July.

Director of the 8th Irrigation Office in Nakhon Ratchasima Chitchanok Somprasert said there would likely be no water left in the dam by October if the rain did not come. If the rain fell abundantly in August as forecast by the Meteorological Department, there would be sufficient water in the dam for agriculture, said the director.

The director added that major dams under the Royal Irrigation Department could not provide water for rice fields outside of the irrigation areas. He also suggested the local people to use less water by 20-30%.

If the rain did not come in August, the government would have to limit cultivated areas, the director said.