Soldiers deliver water to drought affected areas

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MAE HONG SON, 8th May 2017 (NNT)-Soldiers have been delivering water to local residents affected by the drought crisis in several provinces as the temperature continues to rise.

In Mae Hong Son province, mobile development unit 36 of the Armed Forces Development Command has delivered 24,000 liters of water to a local hospital and communities located in Kong Pae Neua sub-district as there was not enough water to sustain daily consumption.

In Uthai Thani, as drought continues to worsen, farmers are forced to supplement their incomes by taking odd jobs. Chalo Saengkrajang, who decided to sell lotus roots as there was not enough water for him to grow off-season rice, has been able to earn up to 1,200 baht per day from the lotus root sales.

In Nan province, the 38th Military Circle and the Sirikit Dam, recently launched a water and forest conservation project at Ban Huai Hat Community where soldiers, locals and forest experts helped one another build a reservoir. Around 10,000 fish were also released into the reservoir in an attempt to preserve fish species and provide a source of protein for local residents.