RID rushes to save Uthai Thani’s drought-hit fish farms

Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has instructed its irrigation project in Uthai Thani province to release water from the Thap Salao and Wang Rom Klao reservoirs to save fish farmers along the Sakae Krang River, which is seeing evidence of drought.

Director of Uthai Thani Provincial Irrigation Office, Takorn Kanjiradech, said that, although water levels in the Sakae Krang River have dropped to 4.7 meters below the embankment, the situation is considered normal for the dry season.

Takorn explained that the release of water was to prevent farmers from losing their fish stocks. Relevant agencies were informed of the river’s conditions before the water release began. Farmers were asked to adapt to the water management plan for the Chao Phraya River basin.

Drought is also hitting the northeastern province of Bueng Kan. Military officials have been dispatched to install solar-powered pumps to supply water to parched farmland.