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PM calls for use of water-bomb aircraft to help put out Trat wildfire

By The Nation

 

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the use of water-bombing aircraft to put out a wildfire in Trat province, Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Tuesday (February 25).

 

He also expressed concern for the residents in Trat as the smog-filled air could be harmful to health, Narumon said.

 

A wildfire in Trat province has been spreading for six days, resulting in large smog covering every district of the province.

 

Local officials said that they were trying to control the fire but the Khao Banthat mountain range, where the fire is still spreading, has several landmines so they can only put out the fire in safe zones.

 

Trat Governor Pichien Limwangyu is coordinating with a high-ranking organisation after previously asking for aerial support to stop the fire. Water-bomb aircraft are still dealing with wildfires in Nakhon Nayok province.

 

However, the Army, the Defence Ministry and the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry will reportedly send fire engines to the province to control the fire.

 

Pichien said that the Thai Meteorological Department had forecast rains this week, which might help improve the situation.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30382803

 

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35 minutes ago, unamazedloso said:

waterbomb the sugarcane fields? Who doesnt want to see that?!?!

Sugarcane in Trat? 

It's a forest fire than covers the ranges both sides of the Thailand Cambodia border. Smoke has covered much of Chanthaburi province as well, it's like fog today

 

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Perhaps the "high ranking organisation" that the Governor of Trat is co-ordinating with is the Royal Rainmaking Project?

 

I guess the configuration of their aircraft makes them suitable to do the job.

 

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21 hours ago, unamazedloso said:

waterbomb the sugarcane fields? Who doesnt want to see that?!?!

And why don't they give the burners an ultimatum. Stop the burning & we'll subsidise tractors. Continue burning & we'll waterbomb your fields.

 

We're dying here in BKK. Are we not every bit as important to the economy as farmers???

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Who or what is in charge of bushfire management?

Surely it is not the job of Mr prayut to decide if water bombing aircraft need to be deployed, this fire has been burning for 6 days now in inaccessible terrain for 6 days now.

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