Artificial rain making missions in North successful

The Royal Rain-making Department (RRD) said it's artificial rain making missions in the north was a success after several reservoirs reported increasing water storages, according to the National News Bureau of Thailand.

NNT reported that the RRD Director-General Surasee Kittimonthon ordered the missions to be conducted following call by locals for artificial rains as several dams have insufficient water supply for farming.

He said the missions have achieved in making rainfalls over several dams.

The rainfalls added 0.23 million cubic meters of water to Mae Kuang Udom Thara, 0.3 million cubic meters to Mae Ngad Somboonchon, 6.29 million cubic meters to Bhumibol, 6.92 million cubic meters to Sirikit and 4.49 million cubic meters to Kwae Noi Bamrung Dan.

He said earlier water levels were low in Mae Kuang Udom Thara, Mae Ngad Somboonchon, Bhumibol, Sirikit and Kwae Noi Bamrung Dan dams.

These dams might have insufficient water to supply farming activities in the region if artificial rain making missions were not conducted.

But he said the department is still closely monitoring the situation but has limited its operations to reservoirs in dire need and advising local offices on better water management practices so as to not cause flooding.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)