Following the drought emergency declared by the Government of Thailand, water distribution points and water trucks have been dispatched across 4,117 villages in 80 districts in 16 North, Northeastern, Upper Central and Western provinces. Urgent relief operations are underway to get water to drought-ravaged areas, mostly in outlying districts. Underground water will be provided from 524 sources throughout the country, 85 of which are situated in Maha Sarakham where the drought is dire in many villages. In Bangkok, tap water has turned saltier in parts of the city. The saline intrusion is just one sign of dry conditions pointing to what the Thai Meteorological Department expects to be the worst drought in four decades.