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Kaem Ling Water Retention Areas

9 March 2016 (Readers 2482)

The Government is focusing on efforts to prevent and reduce risks from water-related disasters. It has adopted proactive measures, such as the development of water reservoirs through the kaem ling project.
Literally meaning "monkey cheek, kaem ling is a well-known flood-control project initiated by His Majesty the King, who observed that most monkeys, when they obtain bananas, usually store them in their mouths, and then they gradually chew and swallow them.
His Majesty modeled the concept for water retention after the way monkeys eat bananas by temporarily storing excessive water during heavy rains and afterwards gradually draining it. This technique helps alleviate the flood problem effectively. It also helps store water to ease drought problems.
His Majesty explained about how water could be stored when it was in plentiful supply and used when there was drought. His "monkey cheek project was to be, he said, ". we must have a "monkey cheek and let the water out whenever it is possible a retention area to keep that water when the sea water surges up and we cannot evacuate the floodwater
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is building more kaem ling, or water retention areas, to help ease drought, which has affected many provinces. Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives General Chatchai Sarikulya said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had accelerated the kaem ling project to store water for use during the dry season.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will build 30 kaem ling areas in five northeastern provinces. Out of the 30 water retention areas, nine will be built in Nakhon Phanom, eight in Mukdahan, six in Nong Khai, four in Bueng Kan, and three in Loei.
The Prime Minister had called for an urgent study on the possibility of building large kaem ling areas, similar to lakes. In the initial stage, the Department of Water Resources proposed five areas for the study, which also involves environmental impact assessment.
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