While Indonesia is embattled with heavy rains thereby repairing reservoirs and cleaning blocked drains in their metropolis, Thailand on the other hand will experience this year the worst drought in the country in more than a decade.
The irrigation department in Thailand announced earlier this February that it will experience the worst drought in over 15 years. Thailand is known to be one of the world’s leading rice exporter and with the news of the drought, the country is expected to hurt its exporting economy.
Drought in Thailand
Currently, the Asian nation has been experiencing drought in 8 of its 76 provinces. However the number of provinces that are at risk of heavy drought will increase soon. As reported by Thailand’s Interior Minister, there are 31 provinces in the country that are at high risk and officials are constantly monitoring the environmental activities in the provinces.
The government of Thailand increased their allocation for these drought stricken provinces from 430 million baht last year to this year’s approximately 6.8 billion baht. Such scale of increase is provided by the government in order to alleviate the economic conditions of these regions.
The government money will be used to install water pumping stations and provide truckloads of water tanks in these populated and affected areas.
The director general of Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Deparment, Lertwiroj Kowattana, said in an interview that the water level this year in the country is the worst in 15 years. He further stated that the government has been doing the necessary measures to ensure that water supply will not be depleted. He advised the public not to panic since there will be no water shortage in the country.
The Office of Agricultural Economics released a statement that the effect of the drought will cut Thailand’s rice exporting by about 30 percent.
With the economy deeply wounded by this catastrophic natural phenomenon, the government of Thailand has been firm in its decision that it will not provide water supply for second crop rice farming. In total, approximately 160,000 hectares of rice farm land in Thailand will suffer the adverse effects of the drought.