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People to Be Provided with Better Understanding about Disaster Risk Management

5 May 2017 (Readers 776)

People will be provided with better understanding about disaster risk management, so that they will be well-prepared to cope with the water situation, whether it is involved with floods or drought.
The decision was made at a meeting of the National Water Resources Committee, chaired by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on 3 May 2017.
The meeting assigned relevant agencies to provide proper information to the public on water resource management through the media. The information is divided into four topics: water storage and the water distribution system in various geographic conditions, water situation, the operations of the Government in dealing with floods and drought, and impacts that may arise if no action is taken on water management.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister accelerated the establishment of a center for water, forest, and land information management. The center will be under the Prime Ministers Office, with the Prime Minister as chairman of the center.
The Prime Minister assigned the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to work together on water resource management in a systematic manner. Emphasis will be placed on easing the problem of water storage.
More small water sources must be built to provide people with greater access to water. The Prime Minister also instructed relevant agencies to arrange the waterworks system to cover all villages nationwide.
The meeting approved 22 projects to improve and rehabilitate water sources in 15 provinces. These projects will increase the efficiency in releasing water during the flood season and in distributing water to farmland. They will be carried out jointly between the Royal Thai Army and Utokapat Foundation.
The development of four large natural sources was also discussed. They include Bueng Boraphet freshwater swamp in Nakhon Sawan, Bueng Si Fai in Phichit, Kwan Phayao in Phayao, and Nong Han in Sakon Nakhon.
The Department of Water Resources and the Royal Irrigation Department were told to consider using water resources from the Stung Num Hydropower Project in Cambodia for distribution in northeastern Thailand. The meeting also agreed that comprehensive water management be carried out by taking into account the area-based plan, in line with the 20-year Water Resource Management Strategy.
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