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Drought wrecks havoc in Korat

Drought wrecks havoc in Korat

Governor Wichian Chantharanothai, front, leads officials to inspect the drought situation in Phimai district on Saturday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)
Governor Wichian Chantharanothai, front, leads officials to inspect the drought situation in Phimai district on Saturday. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Rice crops in paddy fields covering almost 200,000 rai in Phimai district are dying as a historic severe drought takes a toll.

Governor Wichian Chantharanothai on Saturday led officials to inspect the situation in the district and found rice on almost 200,000 rai have wilted and is on the verge of dying. Water sources in the district are running dry.

Unless it rains this month, the crops will be decimated, said the governor, adding water trucks were sent to drought-hit areas for temporary relief.

Mr Wichian said provincial authorities would begin paying compensation to affected farmers by the end of this month. If there is no rainfall, all paddy fields in Phimai district would be gone.

Affected farmers would be entitled to compensation payments of 1,113 baht per rai, said the governor.

So far, 40 villages in 10 districts of this northeastern province have faced a water shortage. The provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office has started cleaning up 86 unused artesian wells so local residents could use some water.

The governor said the ongoing drought was the worst so far this year. He called on the people to prudently use water so all could go through this crisis.

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