Thailand’s Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has altered its project of artificial rain-making operations to areas that could experience a scarcity of water resources due to an anticipated rainfall delay.
Thai Meteorological Department Chief Surasee Kittimonton said that the weather forecasts predict a rainfall deficit until mid-July, prompting authorities to adjust its rain-making operations from Phrae to Chiang Mai, and from Ratchaburi to Kanchanaburi.
According to the department, the units that would supply rain-making operations would be maintained in Tak, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Surin, Rayong, Surat Thani and Songkhla provinces.
A unit in Chumphon was converted into a filling station of chemical substances for rain-making.
Weather chief Kittimonton said that the relocation took into account the calculations of the expected rainfall.
The results show that the anticipated rainfall from early July will not show a significant inflow of water into the reservoirs.
The rain-making department aims to boost the water flows into the following major dams:
- Bhumibol Dam in Tak
- Vajiralongkorn Dam in Kanchanaburi
- Srinagarind Dam in Kanchanaburi
The department will also provide irrigation support to all industrial activities in the Eastern Economic Corridor.