9 districts of Tak declared drought zones

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TAK, 22 March 2013 (NNT) - Tak provincial authorities have declared 9 districts drought disaster zones as the province continues to battle both drought and haze.

Tak governor Suriya Prasartbandit said over 150,000 residents were affected by the worsening drought. Mae Ramard is the worst-hit out of the 9 districts which include Mae Sot and Sam Ngao.

The provincial administration of Tak has allocated a 27-million-baht budget to build reservoirs, carry out dredging works and deliver water to affected areas.

Meanwhile, forest fires and hot spots were detected in 5 border districts raising the temperature and reduce visibility in the area. Slash-and-burn agricultural practices and land-clearing by fire for sugar cane cultivation are widespread in these districts.