Thailand names 27 drought-hit provinces disaster zones hinh anh 1A person stands on cracked land due to prolonged drought in Suphanburi province of Thailand (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand has named 27 provinces as disaster zones due to severe drought that is ravaging the country for months.

The Thai Interior Ministry’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is mobilising agencies to provide immediate relief through measures such as digging wells, pumping water, building tanks and distributing water among residents.

Monton Sudprasert, the department’s director general, said that from last October to May 22, 165 districts in 29 provinces across the Southeast Asian country were hit by drought.

In face of the severe water shortage, the department has been campaigning for each sector to use water economically and is urging farmers to make adjustments according to the situation./.