Crisis level goes down for now as the water levels rise, but we’re not out of deep water yet

With the laidback lifestyle of Thai culture, things don’t always run on time. This easygoing way of life seems to have extended to many areas in the country, even the weather in the capital City of Bangkok.

Some people say that unlike other regions in the world, where there are four seasons, Thailand has the unique distinction of having just two; the hot season and the hot/rainy season. Usually heavy rainfall in Bangkok is expected around the end of May but this year there was a bit of a delay. Earlier last month there were rumors of there being a possible water crisis in the capital. The threat was so serious that there were even talks of water restrictions being put in place around the city of Bangkok.

Over the past few days things have somewhat returned to normal. Rainfall has returned to the capital in its usual fashion. During the past week at around 6 o’clock of almost every day, heavy rainfall has come. It was almost as if the clouds had been waiting for people to get off work so that they could catch them out and get everybody drenched.

For now the threat seems to have alleviated in Bangkok but officials are still being cautious. On Friday, Irrigation officials released water from the Chao Phraya Dam to help water the rice farms, causing the Chao Phraya Dam to drop 14cm into the crisis level once more. Farmers have also been urged not to expand their growing areas too much as there might not be enough water to take care of them. Other areas outside the Capital that have been declared drought-emergency areas are Chonburi, Phrae, Sukhothai, Loei, Uttaradit, Phichit, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun. People in these areas have been urged to be conscientious with their water usage.

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