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Pumps being installed to draw from nearby water resources in drought-hit areas: Prawit

Jan 20. 2020
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By THE NATION

The government has ordered related agencies to provide assistance to people in areas that have high risk of water shortage due to drought, especially in the Northeastern region, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said on Sunday (January 19).

Prawit, who is also the director of the National Water Administration Office, said: “The Department of Groundwater Resources will work with district administration offices to install water pumps to bring water from artesian wells, local canals and rivers to villagers' waterworks systems, making sure that people will have water for drinking and daily use during the drought.”

“The pilot project was carried out in Thungsawang subdistrict of Nakhon Ratchasima province where 320 villagers in 117 households will be benefited.”

Meanwhile, the Royal Irrigation Department has installed 40 more water pumps in four provinces at high risk of water shortage. They are: Muang district in Loei province (11 pumps), Seka district in Beungkan (10 pumps), Akart Amnuay district in Sakon Nakhon (7 pumps) and Muang district in Nongkhai (12 pumps).

“Furthermore, the Disaster Mitigation Centre of the Royal Thai Armed Forces has dispatched water trucks with 9,000 and 6,000 litres capacity as well as military personnel to provide water to the public in several provinces nationwide,” the deputy PM said.

“In remote areas where water trucks are not a suitable solution, the office has instead ordered the construction of artesian wells and water reservoirs such as in Soongnern district in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Sibanphot district in Phatthalung province and Jana district in Songkhla province,” added Prawit.

The deputy PM said he had also assigned his staff to monitor the drought situation in the North and Central regions and work with local agencies to prepare water shortage countermeasures in advance.

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