Water shortage to disrupt Songkran?

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Water shortage to disrupt Songkran?

Post by Rutiger » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:12 pm

Good riddance if Songkran went away. It was fun once, but now it's a royal pain in the ass. Too many aggressive knobjockeys. I don't believe for one minute the water fighting will be curbed to conserve water.
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Re: Water shortage to disrupt Songkran?

Post by General Mackevili » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:24 pm

It's about time Thailand started following in Cambodia's footsteps.
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Re: Water shortage to disrupt Songkran?

Post by PSD-Kiwi » Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:07 am

The water shortage, caused by Thailand, is going to have massive negative effects on Cambodia also, fuck songkran, what about the poor farmers.
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Re: Water shortage to disrupt Songkran?

Post by Rutiger » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:26 pm

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Pang Sida waterfall dries up amid worst drought in years 2 Mar 2016
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Re: Water shortage to disrupt Songkran?

Post by ExPenhMan » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:43 pm

We really don't have enough water for Songkran. But tourists need not worry, because we have enough water for Songkran. But farmers won't have enough water for their rice crops. :facepalm: Which is it?
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Re: Water shortage to disrupt Songkran?

Post by Rutiger » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:57 am

It's not just Thailand suffering a historic drought. The Mekong is at it's lowest since 1926. Cambodia is blessed by having Lake Tonle Sap. This is going to have drastic effects on coffee prices.
Vietnam hit by worst drought in nearly a century
Agriculture in the country has been badly affected by the lack of rainfall in recent months.
02 Mar 2016

Vietnam is highly dependent on fresh water to support its agricultural sector.

Months of below average rainfall have conspired to produce the worst drought in Vietnam in the best part of 100 years. It has been reported that the Mekong River is at its lowest level since 1926.

The ongoing El Nino weather pattern is thought to be the main cause of the lack of rainfall affecting the country.

Vietnam is not alone in suffering drought. Neighbouring Cambodia, and Laos, as well as Thailand and Myanmar have been experiencing water shortages as a result of the weather phenomenon.


Vietnam's need for water is partly driven by its high reliance on agriculture as a source of income. The country is the world's second largest producer of coffee and rice, both high users of water. In addition, coffee is vulnerable to frosts and cold weather. In both 2013 and 2014 severe cold reduced the yield of the coffee crop.

The Mekong Delta has been worst affected by the lack of rainfall. The area has 2.2 million hectares of arable land. According to Le Anh Tuan, professor of climate change at Can Tho University, as much as 40 to 50 percent of this land has been hit by salinisation.

As water availability decreases, salinity from irrigation tends to increase. All water contains dissolved salts; when plants have absorbed the water, they leave behind the salts which accumulate. Over time, increasing salinity makes it difficult for plants to absorb soil moisture, and these salts can only be removed by the roots of the plants by the application of additional water.

"We do not have any specific measures to mitigate the situation," Tuan told the AFP news agency. He added that residents had been asked to save water for domestic rather than agricultural use.

The country's government has announced the equivalent of $3.8m of financial assistance for affected areas.

In the Delta's Tien Giang Province an additional 141 public taps have been installed to provide water for up to 9,000 households affected by drought and salinisation during the dry season, which usually persists until April.
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