BANGKOK, July 22 (TNA) — The army chief has ordered army units in drought-affected provinces to offer swift assistance to victims in the North, the Northeast and the Central Plains.
Col Sirichan Nga-thong, deputy spokesperson of the army, said soldiers were surveying drought-affected areas, looking for water sources in the regions, and coordinating drought-relief missions with governmental organizations.
“The Royal Thai Army has put on standby 279 water trucks, each with the capacity of 6,000 liters, to support the governors of provinces in distributing water to victims in critical areas,” she said.
The water distribution was for people’s consumption and farmland that was facing water shortages, Col Sirichan said.
Soldiers together with equipment targeted drought-stricken areas with difficult access for other organizations including remote area, she said.
The army already identified provinces with critical water shortages, Col Sirichan said. They were Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Phayao, Sukhothai and Lampang in the North; and Maha Sarakham, Loei, Buri Ram, Surin, Yasothon, Si Sa Ket and Nakhon Ratchasima in the Northeast, she said. (TNA)