Rainy season not expected until mid-May

Rainy season not expected until mid-May

A farmer in Pathum Thani with his parched, cracked rice field. (Photo by Pongpat Wongyala)

The wet season could begin around the middle of May, depending on when an expected low pressure wedge forms in the Bay of Bengal, according to Pramote Onnom, director of the meteorological station in Chai Nat province

The forecast comes with farmers in many provinces of the Central Region suffering from lack of water and facing heavy losses as thousands of rai of crops wither and die, according to local media.

Mr Pramote said the water level behind the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat was now very low, and sand dunes have emerged over a large area. 

Preecha Phanwa, chief of the Ang Thong irrigation office, said billboards were erected at many places in the province, warning farmers to think twice before planting a second rice crop, because they risked losing it all.

Farmers were advised to wait until late May, he said.

In Pathum Thani, water in many canals is now very low, particularly in Khlong Rahaeng Tai in tambon Na Mai of Lat Lum Kaew district.

A large number of farms rely on water supplied along this canal for their crops.

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