The department had already dispatched water pumps capable of supplying 40 million cubic meters of water for tap water production and consumption throughout 30 provinces, the director-general of the Department of Water Resources, a subsidiary under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said on Saturday (Jan 18).
The department head also said that over 800,000 liters of clean water were distributed to affected villagers.
Thai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) earlier in the week told reporters that water reserve in dams across Thailand had dropped to about 43,000 million cubic meters, or about 61% of combined capacity.
The DPMD also said that clean water in these dams stands at only 41%, less than last year by about 9,800 million cubic meters.
The Thailand Government is also expected to raise concerns about its current drought during a Mekong River Commission (MRC) meeting expected next month, the Thai water-resources chief said, as local farmers complained that dams in other countries were choking the waterway on which millions depend for their livelihoods.
Somkiat Prajamwong, director of Thailand’s Office of Natural Water Resources (ONWR), told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, he had documented complaints from villagers who had suffered economic hardship as a result of the river’s erratic flow.
The commission, an inter-government agency that works with regional governments to manage the Mekong’s resources, has warned that water outflows could potentially drop by half along the river that stretches through China and five other nations. - Xinhua/The Nation/Asian News Network