Drought sets off fires across north

PUBLISHED ON TUE, MAR 21, 2017 10:05 AM

Drought sets off fires across north

 

LAMPANG, 21 March 2017 (NNT) – Drought conditions have undercut water supplies for residents of the north while also spurring multiple forest fires. 

Authorities in Lampang’s Muang district were called into deal with a fire that erupted in a personal plot of land due to dryness in the brush. While the blaze was successfully quelled, it resulted in damage to tens of Rai in the area. 

Another fire was also extinguished in the Mon Phraya Chae National Park area but up to 12 hot spots have been found across Lampang. 

Similar situations have been reported in both Phrae province, where residents have had to pitch in with authorities to keep forest fires at bay. 

Meanwhile in Nakhon Sawan, severe drought has been reported with major reservoirs now drying up. The situation has compelled farmers in the province to switch to low water needing plants but concerns have continued that soon water will be insufficient for daily consumption. 

In Chiang Rai province, the army has had to dispatch water trucks to provide water for drinking and usage to locals. The military is also setting up water purifiers to help locals use ground water.

 
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