China farms, not revellers, suffer drought

CHIANG MAI – As the Bhumibol dam plans to release more water to meet the needs of Songkran revellers, farmers in Chiang Mai’s Doi Saket district are fighting over water to feed their drought-hit paddy fields.

Tanarat Poommakasikorn, deputy director of the dam in Tak, said yesterday an extra five million cubic metres of water will be released daily from the dam during the five-day-long Songkran Festival, which begins next weekend, to ensure there is enough water to splash around by holidaymakers.

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Source : Bangkok Post

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