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Kanok Karn
2nd April 2012, 12:52
Several provinces in the northeast are suffering from drought crisis, which is expected to be more severe this year than in the previous years.

Villagers in Muang district of Lampang have been lining up sand bags around the Mae Mai Stream to preserve the water. The stream is the major water source of water for consumption and agriculture for the locals. Thirteen districts in Lampang have already been declared drought disaster zones.

In Lampoon province, farmers have been hard-hit by the drought; many crops have died out. Some farmers have installed water pumping machines for the crops, making the production costs go even higher. Authorities have been assigned to assist the drought victims.

Meanwhile, 18 out of 32 districts in Nakhon Ratchasima province have also been declared drought zones. Residents expect the drought to be more severe and last longer than usual this year.

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