Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thailand declares 333 districts as drought disaster zones - 24th Mar 2011

BANGKOK (Commodity Online): Thailand is undergoing the pangs of drought with Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation declaring 333 districts under 45 provinces across the country as drought disaster zones, Thursday.

A total of 6 million people in 21,888 villages have been affected and 1,726,737 rai of farmland has been scorched.

According to Bangkok Post, in the North Province, Kampangpetch, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Phayao, Uttaradit, Lampang, Nan, Nakhon Sawan, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, Petchabun, Uthai Thani, Phitsanulok, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Phichit have been affected.

In the Northeast province, Udon Thani, Loei, Nong Khai, Ubon Ratchathani, Mukdaharn, Nong Bua Lamphu, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakam, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Chaiyaphum and Amnart Charoen have been affected.

Central Plain drought affected regions: Prachuap Khiri Khan, Petchaburi, Sara Buri, Samut Prakan and Kanchanaburi.

Eastern Thailand drought affected regions: Chachoengsao, Trat, Chantaburi, Sa Kaeo, Rayong, Chonburi and Nakhon Nayok are affected. Source