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Thais asked to shower less as drought worsens

Bangkok: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has urged people to turn off taps and shower less to cope with a drought afflicting northern and central Thailand.

Last week, Bangkok’s water authority said the capital’s tap water was becoming saline as seawater pushed up the depleted Chao Phraya river, a source of much of central Thailand’s water.

The Thai PM has told citizens to shorten their showers or shower less.

The Thai PM has told citizens to shorten their showers or shower less.Credit:RM/File

The cabinet agreed on Tuesday to spend 3 billion baht ($144 million) on boreholes and pipes to extract ground water to relieve a drought that is expected to worsen in the next few months, a government spokeswoman told reporters.

Thailand’s dry season started in November and usually lasts through April, although this year authorities say it could go on through June. A drought has been declared in 14 provinces in the central, northern and northeastern farming regions.

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