Gov't to conduct artificial rainmaking operations to ease drought in N Thailand

21:42, June 08, 2010      

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Thailand's government will conduct artificial rainmaking operations to ease the drought crisis in the North of Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister Major General Sanan Kajornprasart said Tuesday, the Bangkok Post's website reported.

The water levels in the Bhumibol and Sirikit Dam in the North of Thailand had hit a critical level.

"Officials have confirmed that clouds in the North are adequate to conduct artificial rainmaking operations and they will take place above the dams," Major General Sanan said.

Major General Sanan also urged farmers to postpone sowing of in- season or floating-rice crops for a month to ensure a sufficient supply of water.

For the situation in capital Bangkok, there is enough tap water for the people in Bangkok, the deputy premier said.

"The current quantity of water is enough for making tap water, as we have diverted water from the Mae Klong River to produce the tap water for Bangkok," Major General Sanan said.

The Mae Klong River, which is one of the rivers in the central part of Thailand, is originated in central Kanchaburi province.

Source: Xinhua


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