|

Drought Arrives to the Lower Mekong Region

Northern Thailand Severely Affected by Drought. Dry scene of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand

Northern Thailand Severely Affected by Drought. Dry scene of the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand

 

CHIANG RAI – Drought began to hit Chiang Rai and other Northern and northeastern provinces of Thailand, affecting local residents and their farming.

Chea Sophorn, 39, carries a fish basket at the Mekong River bank

Chea Sophorn, 39, carries a fish basket at the Mekong River bank

In the northernmost province of Chiang Rai, drought, combined with the closure of sluice gates in China’s Yunnan province for maintenance, has caused the water level in Mekong River at Chiang Saen district to decrease so dramatically that sand dunes can be seen.

Commuter boats are affected from dry river, as well as from sand pumping operations by a private Lao company.

In the northeastern province of Sakhon Nakhon, Nam Un Dam will be closed on March 31 and its water release operations will be suspended to allow the maintenance of canals which have stored water for farming.

Farmers, once they learned about the planned dam closure, are speeding up pumping water into their rice fields, while a survey found that the amount of farming in the province has exceeded the target up to 20 per cent.

Operators who dig ground water in the province have made good income up to Bt50,000 each month as people queued up to store water for their use.

In nearby Buri Ram province, water has been distributed to residents, temples, schools in 22 villages of Nong Tad Municipality who have suffered from drought.

Local authorities are seeking Bt20 million budget from many agencies for dredging the river shoals and other water resources, as well as preparing to produce tap water for year round use.

Comments

comments

Powered by Facebook Comments

Short URL: http://www.chiangraitimes.com/?p=22262

Posted by on Feb 15 2014. Filed under Chiangrai News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.
Photo of White Beach in Boracay, Philippines
Learning Thai with Jen
Learning Thai with Jen