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Drought wreaks havoc at Bang Rakam District, Phitsanulok Province

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PHITSANULOK, 5 May 2014 (NNT) - Phitsanulok Province’s Bang Rakam District has been severely hit by drought, causing the water levels at many canals to drop rapidly.

Several canals around the area have become bone dry, as they are quickly running out of water. In a one-week time span, these canals are expected to completely dry up with no water remaining at all.

Nonetheless, the locals have taken advantage of this opportunity by catching a number of freshwater fish that are trapped as the water levels start to deteriorate. Following their efforts, they have managed to catch at least 100 kilograms of fish, with each kilogram selling at 2,000 baht.

Considerations are being made on whether release water from the Sirikit Dam in order to assist locals and villagers who are distressed from the drought.