Korat water situation 'critical'

The water situation in Nakhon Ratchasima has reached a critical stage as the total volume of supplies in all five reservoirs in the northeastern province currently stands at 421 million cubic metres, or less than half of storage capacity, irrigation officials said.

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Chidchanok Somprasert, director of Regional Irrigation Office 8 in Nakhon Ratchasima, said Sunday the water level in the province’s five large reservoirs continued to dwindle due to a lack of rain.

Based on the latest measurement this afternoon, he said, the Lam Phra Ploeng reservoir in Pak Thong Chai district currently holds 12 million cubic metres of water, or about 11% of its capacity.

Water in the Lam Takhong reservoir in Sikhiu district stands at 133 million cubic metres, or 42% of capacity. Three other reservoirs — Lam Moon Bon and Lam Sae in Khon Buri district and Lam Plai Mat in Soeng Sang — have 52% of capacity each. 

Mr Chidchanok described the current water situation in the province as “critical”. If low rainfall continues for the next two months, until October, without monsoons or storms, he said Nakhon Ratchasima will certainly face serious problems relating to water resources management. 

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