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Prayut urges readiness for severe drought

Prayut urges readiness for severe drought

THAILAND: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned people to brace themselves against serious drought which is expected to start this month and last almost half the year.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 3 January 2020, 09:14AM


The Thai Meteorological Department has predicted an upcoming drought as the worst in four decades. Photo: AFP

The Thai Meteorological Department has predicted an upcoming drought as the worst in four decades. Photo: AFP

“The drought situation this year will be worse than in previous years. Many of the main rivers are drying up while salty seawater is intruding into the rivers also,” he told the media yesterday after a cabinet meeting.

“The government is going to approve a budget to help drought-affected farmers and villagers. The help might come in forms of creating alternative job opportunities. Help will come along,” he added.

When questioned on how to provide water resources for drought-stricken villages, the premier said the government has ordered provincial administrations across the country to dig wells to tap water from aquifers.

Thailand is combating severe drought which the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD)'s acting director-general Kornrawee Sittichivapak said would be the worst in four decades.

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Precipitation in the last year decreased by 18% from previous years across the country and as much as 24% in northern and upper central region provinces, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Last week, the TMD warned that the drought will reach critical levels this month and February and that the problem will continue until May before the return of the rains in June.

The areas predicted to be hardest hit will be 43 provinces in the northern, upper central and northeastern central regions, according to TMD's official forecast released on Dec 23.

It is unclear when the government relief package for affected regions is likely to be available.

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Jor12 | 09 January 2020 - 17:00:31

No, its not simple thinking, its basic common sense.  If there is little water one cant grow anything so its imported. Why on earth is that so earth shatterring? And who are you to tell me what to write. Your comments are usually wrong, defamatory or childish with no meaning whatsoever. 

GerryT81 | 09 January 2020 - 14:10:25

Wow ,14 comments from the serial poster so far.Must have been a pitchman in his former life.My advice: Go to Soi Bangla every night,put a pedestal in the middle of the street and start talking about everything you would like.Maybe someone there who likes to listen.On here it becomes annoying.

Kurt | 09 January 2020 - 11:54:26

And Jor, don't 'hobby hammer' me for writing about  the BangkokPost article that for great-Bangkok was only 30 days water left. I 'clear and equivocal' wrote that. That is no nonsense..

Kurt | 09 January 2020 - 11:47:04

Jor, today in BP, Ayutthaya, the rice bowl of Thailand suffers a collapse of rice fields due to saltwater intrusion. 43 Provinces now suffer agricultural wise big problems. Not growing, not harvesting. No export, than just import? A bit simple thinking when it comes to rice. Turning a money making industry in a money loosing one. And, other countries must have the stock to sell at high prices!

Jor12 | 09 January 2020 - 09:26:22

And who is going to take your silly advice and not export rice? If nothing is being grown there will be nothing to export but imported. Simple supply and demand that any 12 year old would understand.

Jor12 | 09 January 2020 - 09:02:10

That may be so but your comment was clear and unequivocal that there was only 30 days of water left. That being the case everyone dies including you. Why else would you write such nonsense?

Kurt | 07 January 2020 - 12:28:45

And Jor12, Don't make macabre jokes. The worse drought to come ( according TMD) since 4 decades indeed can go to cost thai lives. Hope Thailand stops rice export as what is still in stock is needed for thai people. Next rice harvest will be long time away.

Kurt | 07 January 2020 - 12:15:08

No J, It is according BangkokPost that there is 30 days water left for Great-Bangkok. Don't deviate to personal nonsense. My writing was clear enough.
Check yourself with BangkokPost.

Jor12 | 07 January 2020 - 03:37:16

Excellent...accordinf to k there is only 30 days of water left. That means everyone dies.

DeKaaskopp | 06 January 2020 - 16:16:37

The Kat.9/10a expat (Top ten types of expats living in Thailand) should relieve himself from the pain to live in a 3rd world country and move to Singapore.

Kurt | 06 January 2020 - 14:59:47

@SueYu2. Thank you for you reaction on my comments. So far I sense that most people not realise the seriousness of thai water drought until their tap runs dry. With no water supply everything stops in this tropical country. No tourists, no household water. No farming, A dramatic dip on property market. Fall of the thai baht. And much more to imagine.

Kurt | 06 January 2020 - 07:54:54

@Pascale, what is wrong with comparing how things happen historically in Singapore , how it became Switserland of Asia, with Thailand that is not touching the right buttons to rise from a 3rd world country? Just a bit CCtv, and water spraying against pollution. Compare Zoo's, airlines, airports, public transportation, effective environmental rules, water management, etc.

SueYu2 | 06 January 2020 - 01:00:04

Kurt - 8 'comments' on 1 subject in less than 2 days. Other people have their own opinions too. Personally I wish you'd dry up.

Kurt | 05 January 2020 - 07:43:30

Just red that Bangkok has water for 30 more days, already salty water comes from taps here and there, but is doesn't hurt say authorities. ( BangkokPost) I am sure the apathetic approach to a country water disaster is well administrated. Good for future generations to learn about how not to handle.

Pascale | 04 January 2020 - 22:04:20

infrastructure in order. And obviously didn't you read the article.The government does more than just talking.Wondering what your foreign experts would do to tackle the problem immediately.Bringing billions of liter of water with them or sending your fleet of water tanker? And as you already know that disasters looms,did you buy a ticket out of here already ?

Pascale | 04 January 2020 - 21:46:55

@K. How silly to compare tiny Singapore with Thailand.And how silly to say :"I respect your Thai government:.I'm not Thai,therefore it's not my government.Even more silly: "Enjoy your time without water" How can you know that I will not have water ? Anyway,what to expect from someone who thinks  that middle eastern countries /Australian outback having their water infrastruct...

Jor12 | 04 January 2020 - 17:11:43

Cripes. Moans when it floods, moans when its dries. Wonder what his take is on the driest continent on earth... Australia, and his take on the current fires there and in California. What's the point of drilling when there is no water table?

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 13:33:31

@Pascale, But ok, I respect your thai government just talking, doing nothing except just 'urging readiness for drought'.  If that suits you, ok with me. Embrace your time without water.

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 13:29:08

@ pascale, last century 60ties, 70ties, 80ties, Singapore had a lot of foreign teachers, technical, military advisers. None of them remained in Singapore. Your 'fear comment' is not realistic. History proves different. 

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 13:23:51

@Pascale, As thai Officialdom until now is not equipped handling matters at cost of thai way of life, what is wrong with calling in foreign expertise? Don't be paranoid/xenophobic. Be sure no foreign body likes to burn hands on thai society. Nothing to aim. Remember, Singapore became great with starting off with foreign advisers/teachers/professionals, until they could do it themselves.

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 10:38:02

Doing nothing, while they know so well that the creeping up/intruding seawater on dry river beds will damage grounds around rivers for many years! Poor farmers. What kind of 'readiness' the PM means?

Kurt | 04 January 2020 - 10:34:31

Until now the sign on the wall: "Climate Change" has been ignored by Thai Officialdom. Until today only talks, no visionaire authorities who already work/implement  adjusted water infrastructures in Thailand. The coin still has to drop. Further than cosmetic cloud seeding it not came. Funny, above Jakarta they now do cloud seeding to stop the rains. ( BangkokPost)

Pascale | 03 January 2020 - 17:58:35

The usual solution from Mr.K for Thailand's problems.Bring in foreign experts. I'm sure his biggest wish would be a foreign led/manned government. And after everything is under control by westerners, Thai's will make good servants. 

Kurt | 03 January 2020 - 10:02:07

...etc. Wells should already been digged. 'Help will come along'. Really? With creating not needed jobs? Water is needed. Contract a few years foreign water management experts. "No water"will hit Thailand's agricultural- and specially tourism sectors very hard, also in financial way.

Kurt | 03 January 2020 - 09:41:55

Thailand is a very rich country. Her money coffers are over flowing. Foreign currency reserves are very large. Sadly, until now no plans in work to tackle the foreseen drought. With money you can't shower, do laundry, or grow agricultural products. For all that you need WATER! No water, than no tourists, no farming, no river fishing, no toilet flushing, problems with extinguish forest fires, e...

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