Heavy rains ease drought in Thailand

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BANGKOK, July 26 (Xinhua) — Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on said on Friday that thundershowers across Thailand two days ago had eased many drought-hit provinces in the North, North-East and Central region.

“The two-month dry spell has been eased by continuous rains,” said Chalermchai. “Now our (Thailand’s) two of the country’s main reservoirs, the Sirikit and Bhumibol dams, have been filled up with 40 million cubic meters of water.”

Meanwhile, Surachart Malasri, cirector of Irrigation Office 12 of the Royal Irrigation Department, told the media that since the Bhumidol dam has been receiving rain water, the dam is able to discharge 2-25 million cubic meters of water to drought-affected farmland and residents in the North and NorthEast.

Surachart also said he has already informed governors in the downstream provinces including Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Sukhothai to stop pumping water from 400 water pumping stations around the Ping River and the Nan River for three days to increase the inflow of water into the Chao Phraya River.

The Thai Meteorological Department on Friday forecast more rains for the North, the Northeast, the Central Plains and the eastern region next week.

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