Water in Chao Phraya Dam below operating level

A sand island shows above the water immediately downstream from the Chao Phraya River on Monday morning. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)

CHAI NAT -- Water in the Chao Phraya Dam reservoir is below the standard operating level, a water shortage is imminent and all farmers are being asked not to plant third-crop rice, provincial governor Nimit Wanchaithanawong said.

Mr Nimit was speaking after an inspection of the Chao Phraya Dam on Monday morning.

He said the water level behind the Chao Phraya Dam is currently 14.84 metres above mean sea level (MSL), below the 15m standard operating level. 

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