By The Nation
Chamnarn Chuthiang, director of the Phitsanulok Irrigation Office, said the Wat Bote district was declared the drought disaster zone so that the provincial administration could bypass the government in allocating a budget to help villagers.
He said officials were surveying the damage to farms, especially those who grew cassavas, so that help could be rushed to them.
Chamnarn said water at the Kwae Noi Bamrung Daen Dam had dropped to just 233.60 million cubic meters or about 24.88 per cent of its capacity. He said the low-water level affected some 17,000 rai of cassava plantations in the district.