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Drought remains amid rainy-season kick-off, with below-mean rainfall expected through mid-July

By Prasit Tangprasert 
The Nation

 

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Thailand officially entered the rainy season on Monday, even as Nakhon Ratchasima noted its “still-critical” drought situation with five dams and 23 medium-sized reservoirs holding only approximately 30 per cent of their water capacity, while 52 villages in nine districts were short of water for consumption and use.

 

Regional Irrigation Office 8 Nakhon Ratchasima director Kitatisak Nookaew on Monday noted that Lam Takong Dam now contained 174 million cubic metres of water or 55.48 per cent of its capacity, while Lum Phra Ploeng Reservoir contained only 27 million cubic metres or 17.96 per cent of its capacity.

 

The Upper Mun Reservoir was at 44 million cubic metres or 31.88 per cent of capacity, while 23 medium-sized reservoirs held a combined 101 million cubic metres of water or about 30 per cent of their total capacity, he added.

 

A source at the Nakhon Ratchasima Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office said that 52 villages in 21 tambons of nine provinces had suffered a water shortage for consumption and use. Of them, 35 villages in Sung Noen, Chalerm Phrakiat and Phra Thongkham districts were declared drought disaster zones so far and were entitled to compensation.

 

The Thai Meteorological Department meanwhile announced that the rainy season had begun on May 20 and would end around mid-October. This year’s rainy season will have less rain (at 5-10 per cent below the mean) than the previous year (which was itself 3 per cent below the mean).

 

The department predicted the period between June and mid-July would see only a small amount of rainfall over Thailand, resulting in insufficient water for farming. The hardest-hit areas would be those outside irrigation zones. The department said heavy rains would come during August and September, posing the risk of floods.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369687

 

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They even can't predict the weather for the next day and now they know what will happen till August and September. We will see 555

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16 hours ago, RotMahKid said:

They even can't predict the weather for the next day and now they know what will happen till August and September. We will see 555

The Thai Meteorological Department predicted April to be hotter than previous years and I have to admit this was the case. 

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Blue skies and blazing hot again today in Cha Am. We've had only a couple of days with any rain this month, so no chance of getting anywhere near Bangkok's notional May monthly average of more than two weeks of downpours. Mind you, we do generally tend to get less rain than our big brother 167 clicks up the road. With ever-increasing tourist numbers, we're keeping our fingers crossed. . . 

 

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Out here in rural Khampaeng Phet we had about 15 minutes of heavy rain last night.

 

All it did was make the grass grow higher, quicker.

 

I swear I heard the grass laughing at me last night.

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18 hours ago, Thailand said:

There is no drought, there is no smog, there is no black sea seawater in Na Jomtien or Phi Phi, there is no etc.

 

Denial - more than just a river in Egypt!

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At 10 minutes to 6 this evening the wind got up from the south west and the rain came down in   bucket loads at about 30 degrees from normal. I got soaked closing the downstairs shutters. At least the wind has eased off a bit.

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