Water rationing takes place in almost a third of Thailand

World Today

A devastating drought is delaying the growing season for Thailand farmers to plant their paddy fields. Taps are running dry, roads are collapsing, and soldiers are guarding canals and waterways. CCTV’s Martin Lowe filed the report from Thailand.


  • Thailand’s Chao Phraya river – which supplies drinking water to Bangkok – is turning salty as low flows allow the sea to flood upstream.
  • Nevertheless every household in the capital has been urged to store at least 60 liters of drinking water in case the worst happens.
  • A third of the country has water rationing – with many areas declared drought disaster zones.