The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued a warning that Thailand could experience dry conditions until early next year due to the El Niño phenomenon.
TMD Director-General Chomparee Chompurat stated that despite the onset of the rainy season over a month ago, rainfall across all regions of Thailand has remained below average. Nationally, rainfall is currently 25% below the normal level, and dry periods are expected to persist in various regions until July 17. The director-general further cautioned that the situation could intensify in November and continue until early 2024.
Meanwhile, the Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) reported that the major dams in the country, including the Bhumibol, Sirikit, Kwai Noi Bamrung Daen, and Pa Sak Jolasid dams, have an average water capacity of 40%. Recent rainfall has helped raise water levels in some areas, but authorities are closely monitoring the situation.
To mitigate the impact on water resources, agricultural activities, and the overall ecosystem, relevant departments will implement measures accordingly. The public, particularly farmers, are advised to make necessary preparations for the upcoming dry conditions.