Chao Phraya drought 'will last till 2017'

People must 'prepare for water shortages'

Bad news for farmers: People in the Chao Phraya are warned to prepare to store water to last out a crisis that will last for at least two more years. (Bangkok Post file photo)

People living in the Chao Phraya River basin should prepare for a drought crisis that will last until 2017, and those in Bangkok should store water for consumption during the dry season, a seminar was told.

Anond Snidwongs, director of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), said the El Nino effect would result in a repeat of this year's weather pattern over the next couple of years -- rainfall that comes late in the season, and in below average amounts.

Climate change had produced less rainfall in the north and the west, the main sources of water supplying the dams along the Chao Phraya River basin.

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