46 provinces face severe drought

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BANGKOK, 11 May 2014 (NNT) - Although many parts of the country have been battered by torrential rains in the past week, more than half of the country is still facing severe drought.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Sunday that 46 provinces have been suffering from drought and locals are in need of immediate assistance.

According to Drector-general of the Department, Chatchai Promlert (ฉัตรชัย พรหมเลิศ) , as of May, nearly 20,000 villages, most of which are the northern and northeastern provinces, have suffered from extremely dry and hot weather conditions. The most serious problems are shortages of water for consumption and agriculture.

The department has ordered each province to collect data and come up with water management plans as well as promptly distribute water to the people in those areas.