According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), the hot weather condition has dried up water in many areas as the combined amounts of usable water in major dams reduced to only 43 percent.
DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert says 91 districts of 20 provinces in Thailand have already been declared drought disaster areas as these provinces are in urgent need of water supplies for both household and agricultural purposes.
Phitsanulok and Satun were the latest provinces added to the list because of severe water shortage in some districts.
According to him, the total amount of water kept in major dams across the country is 43.6 billion cubic meters or 62 percent of the total capacity. However, only 20.1 billion cubic meters or 43 percent of the water is usable.
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