Bangkok – One of the worst droughts in Thailand has been in good 40 years: the rice fields are drying up, in the capital Bangkok the tap water is becoming salty. According to the national irrigation authority on Monday, there is a water emergency in 18 provinces of the country, where those affected are to receive help.
To save water, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha called on the population to shorten showering and brushing their teeth by one minute each. According to Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong, water is now to be diverted from the dams in western Thailand to Bangkok. In the capital, there is a problem with so-called saltwater intrusion, which roughly means: near the coast, saltwater penetrates into the groundwater, and the dam of Bangkok’s main river, the Chao Praya, currently only receives half as much water as it actually needed to extract the sea salt from the groundwater do the washing up.
According to meteorologists, the drought could continue until June. Parts of the Southeast Asian neighboring country Cambodia are currently struggling with the great drought. (APA / AFP)