The Thai government has warned that TWELVE provinces are seriously at risk of drinking water shortages between now and the end of July.

Gen Chatchai Sarikanya chaired a crisis committee to investigate ways, projects and budgets to help those areas that are expected to experience the greatest drought hardship.

All other water usage sources are expected to be severely affected.

The committee had received information about likely rainfall in the coming three months and current reservoir levels before coming to their assessment where the problems were most likely to be felt.

The provinces affected are:

The North

Phijit, Kamphaengphet, Lamphun, Uttaradit and Tak.

North-east

Surin and Kalasin.

Central

Pathum Thani, Ayuthaya, Chainat and Ang Thong.

Central/South

Petchaburi