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28 provinces currently at risk of water shortages

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BANGKOK, 26 February 2016 (NNT) - The committee overseeing drought issues will deliver water to 28 provinces likely to be affected by water shortages.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikulya said after joining a meeting of the drought crisis prevention committee, that there are 12 provinces currently declared drought-stricken zones. He revealed that another 28 provinces in the North and Northeast are at risk of water shortages.

Both the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will join hands to deploy water trucks to these provinces. Artificial rainmaking operations will be carried out across the nation on March 1 to rehydrate affected areas.

Gen Chatchai stated that there is sufficient water in the four major dams combined for general consumption until July. Relevant agencies have been instructed to provide daily updates on the water situation to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

Public Relations Department Deputy Director-General Jamlong Singto-ngarm will use every communication channel to promote water conservation and publicize the government's drought prevention measures.

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