China has decided to open its dam and release water into the Mekhong River to ease water problems faced by Thai villagers who are in areas that has been affected severely by drought.
In line with this move, officials also issued a warning to residents living near the bank of the river so they can take the necessary precautions when water levels rise since they could be in danger if they are caught off guard.
The response of marine police over the water discharge was very quick. There were several marine police vehicles dispatched to Nong Khai, one of the northeastern provinces, to tighten river patrols and to warn people living along Mekhong River about the expected increase in the water levels in the succeeding days as China plans to discharge water into the river to help out with the issues brought about by the dry spell.
The villagers have already been cautioned to evacuate the livestock that they own to a safe place as these animals can be threatened by sudden increases in the water level.
In one of the central plain provinces, Phetchabun, the local government dispatch several trucks containing potable and safe water to provide for the needs of 4 villages that has been hit severely in the sub-districts of Sap Poep and Wang San in Wang Pong district.
Over 100,000 liters of clean water has been rationed to help villagers hit by drought.
In Chaiyaphum, another northeastern province, irrigation officials are working nonstop to continue pumping water into Nong Bua Rawe district’s drying water reservoir from the Chi River. The reservoir’s water is utilized by the locals in the production of tap water.
Unfortunately, concerns are escalating as Chi River is also drying up quickly and the authorities fear that continued pumping of water from the river would only last for another 10 days before all the water in the river is used up.