Disasters

Drought

Rice fields at risk in Western Cambodia with lack of rainfall

Rice crops in western Cambodia will die from drought if the region does not receive rain within the next month, officials said on 3 September, as a development organization urged the government to do more to assist farmers with irrigation. A delay to the beginning of ...

Strongest El Niño in decades expected

One of the strongest El Niño weather patterns in more than six decades is set to impact Myanmar this year and the director of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology has warned to be prepared. U Kyaw Lwin Oo gave the stark warning on 2 September, ...

Drought batters 13 provinces

Amid what some meteorologists have dubbed a “Godzilla-like El Niño”, drought conditions during Cambodia’s scheduled monsoon season have significantly worsened from what last year were termed historically bad levels, a new report from the Ministry of Agriculture shows. According to the report, which was signed by ...

Thailand's economy isn't a Land of Smiles

Thailand’s worst drought in a decade appears to have ended, but the damage could cast a shadow on the economy for months to come. The crippling dry weather that first emerged in late 2014 is no longer present in the country’s 67 provinces, the deputy head ...

Xebangfay River overflows again

Residents near the Xebangfay River between the two provinces of Khammuan and Savannakhet are still being spared from the flooding which has started since the river began overflowing on 21 July. A Xebangfay district official Mr Sisomphone Innoula told Vientiane Times that the four branches of ...

Lao farmers devastated by severe drought

A lack of rainfall and scorching heat is destroying the livelihoods of Lao farmers, who say their crops are dying amid an ongoing drought in the Southeast Asian region linked to the El Niño phenomenon. The drought since May has left those in Laos who rely on ...

Bangkok faces water use limits

Tough water conservation measures for state agencies and households in Bangkok and surrounding areas could be introduced to address the water scarcity crisis.  The proposal comes amid criticism the government has forced farmers to bear the burden of the crisis by banning agricultural water use without substantial ...

Drought is over in Thailand but water is still in short supply

Drought conditions in Thailand that have threatened the country’s rice production and economic growth are over, the deputy head of Thailand’s disaster prevention department has said. The wet season is underway but Thailand was contending with drought conditions in seven out of 67 provinces last week, ...

Thai Government poised to launch water donation plan

The government plans to ask people to donate drinking water to drought-stricken residents, deputy government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd says. The cabinet will discuss the donation campaign.  Water distribution points will be set up under an initiative of His Majesty the King in drought-hit areas in various ...

Farmers defy ban, continue to pump water

Farmers in several drought-stricken provinces in the Chao Phraya River basin have spurned the government’s calls to halt pumping water for agricultural use. The move came as water discharges from four major dams in the Chao Phraya River basin are being gradually cut from 28 million cubic metres per ...

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