Thailand– As the drought in several upper central provinces is deteriorating, the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation yesterday began artificial rain mission to ease the situation.
Two Casa aircraft yesterday were flown on a special rainmaking operation in the central plain province of Nakhon Sawan to add water to dams in the province.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will visit drought-hit Nakhon Sawan and Chai Nat provinces tomorrow to follow up progress of the governments drought relief measures.
He will also use the opportunity to meet with local farmers who have been affected by the drought.
Drought has come early this year with now nearly all provinces are feeling impact of the drought.
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation said the rainmaking mission was the first mission this year.
It intended to help farmers along the Chao Phraya River basin and to increase water level at dams and reservoirs in the region.
Water levels in major dams such as the Pa Sak Jolasid dam, the Vajiralongkorn dam and the Tap Sa Lao dam now have lower water levels than in the same period last year.
The mission was successful with rainfalls reported in Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat and Lopburi.
Petchabun and Chaiyapoom provinces also received the raindrops with the help of the wind.
Meanwhile, drought situation in the central province of Sukhothai has reached a critical level. The Yom river is drying and all its water is expected to be gone in 70 days.
Some 400,000 rai of off-season rice plantations have been damaged by the drought..