Thailand 08 Apr 2016 00:00
Many regions of Thailand are struggling with what some have called the worst drought in decades with nearly 30 of Thailand’s 77 provinces declared drought affected according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM). Climate experts have pointed to an El Niño weather pattern along with the effects of climate change as the cause for drier and hotter than usual weather across much of the country leading to canals, reservoirs and dams to reach record lows levels. For the nation’s farmers meanwhile, these higher than normal temperatures combined with last year’s short-lived wet season have forced some to plant more drought-resistant crops, and in some places these too are failing. With the wet season set to begin many affected communities are hoping that significant rainfall will help to ease the situation, however there remains a collective anxiety that a short-lived wet season this year will not provide adequate rainfall to bring relief to farmers and communities most affected.