Many areas in Thailand are still experiencing water shortages due to insufficient rainfalls lowering the water levels in reservoirs.

In Nakorn Phanom province’s Nawa district, the amount of water is down to only 70 percent of its total capacity. Residents could be at risk of water shortage as there is no comprehensive irrigation system in place to supply the water.

The local authorities and residents have held a meeting to find ways to mitigate the impact when drought season comes. In the northern province of Angthong, farmers have been affected by the Royal Irrigation Department’s policy not to release water to farming areas.

Many of them have lost their incomes as they can’t grow crops. The local irrigation office plans to hire these farmers to dredge canals as a way for them to earn their livings and at the same time create more water storage areas to help retain enough water for farming in the summer.-VNA