Wildlife at risk as drought dries up Uthai Thani waterfalls

Breaking News April 09, 2017 15:47

By The Nation

Two waterfalls have almost dried up in drought-hit Uthai Thani, threatening the well-being of animals in Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.



Situated in the wildlife sanctuary, the famous Chai Boer and Kaeng Sao Noi waterfalls have come to a standstill, with both streams now depleted and rocks are starting to appear as a result of this year’s early drought.

The fast-drying waterfalls are home to many wildlife species and are visited by thousands of tourists every year. 

Drought is also affecting canals and waterways in Chai Nat province. From May 1, the Irrigation Department will “strategically” discharge water from irrigation canals to agricultural zones to ensure sufficient water for household consumption and farming activities throughout the dry season. 

Meanwhile, Chiang Rai province is warning residents about fire hazards and discouraging all burning activities that could potentially cause heavy smoke and haze. The 60-day ban on burning that was first enforced in February will be in effect until April 17. Local authorities are on heightened alert for possible forest fires. 

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has issued haze warnings for three provinces, saying the air density in Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Lampang is below safety levels. The department has already instructed its local offices to keep a watchful eye on the haze situation and respond swiftly when required.

 

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