Government to rush measures to ease drought crisis
BANGKOK, 22 February 2013 (NNT) – The government is on course to help ease the impact of the drought crisis seen in various parts of the country.
Interior Minister Charupong Ruangsuwan said on Thursday that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has instructed each Cabinet minister to take charge of the assistance program for a few provinces, hit by drought.
Currently, 37 provinces across Thailand are emergency drought crisis zones.
Mr. Charupong stated an assessment of the situation in each drought-hit province is underway to determine what should be needed to help affected residents.
He conceded that the drought crisis can elevate during the end of February and the beginning of May.
Therefore, the government is now putting its effort into the acquiring of sufficient water supply for people in all 37 provinces.
As a part of this effort, the government has purchased 20,000-liter water containers to store some 3 million liters of water in drought-affected areas.
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