Govt persists with Mae Wong dam, drought worries PM

Published on May 2, 2012 by TFP   ·   No Comments

BANGKOK, 2 May 2012 – The government has insisted on constructing the controversial Mae Wong dam despite protests from the locals. Meanwhile, the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation and the Ministry of Science and Technology are preparing to help people in drought-hit areas.

After a meeting between the Strategic Committee for Water Resources Management on Wednesday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has expressed concern over the drought situation, saying that the Ministry of Interior has been distributing water to the drought-affected people. The meeting discussed solutions to the drought problem and assistance for farmers.

PM Yingluck said the Department of Royal Rain Making and Agricultural Aviation would conduct artificial rain making and the Ministry of Science and Technology would search for water sources in order to provide water for agriculture in drought-ravaged areas.

As for the Mae Wong dam, the PM said local government units needed to explain the necessity of the dam to the local residents in an effort to soothe their concern.

(NNT : Chindarat Bovornboriharn)

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