Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Thailand: Khon Kaen residents affected by severe drought

Source: Government of Thailand

KHON KAEN, 7 April 2014 (NNT) – Residents in some villages in Khon Kaen province have been so hard hit by the severe drought situation that they have to buy clean water for daily usage.

Despite their joint efforts digging wells to store water, villagers in Lad Na Pieng are still facing shortages of water for necessary use.

The drought crisis in Khon Kaen has dried up many natural water resources, especially those from which water is used in making tap water, resulting in the need for villagers in Lad Na Pieng to jointly pitch in 100,000 baht to have two wells dug to store water for daily consumption.

Villagers of Lad Na Pieng had reportedly been spending around 50 baht per day on average buying water; therefore, they decided to join hands with the province’s waterworks authority in digging two wells. However, the two wells have given insufficient water for the 2,000 residents from 251 households.

The villagers might not be able to hold the Songkran festivities this year due to water shortage, according to reports.