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52 provinces of Thailand drenched in artificial rain last week

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BANGKOK, 22 May 2012 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand has reported significant progress in the royal rainmaking operation last week, with up to 52 provinces experiencing rainfalls.

Permanent Secretary for Agriculture of Cooperatives Ms. Supatra Thanaseniwat revealed that the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has successfully set up 11 more rainmaking centers across Thailand and 2 additional refill stations in Nakhon Sawan and Sa Kaeo provinces to help farmers cope with the drought crisis.

Since February 20, the bureau has been putting its effort into creating artificial rains to help sustain farming and increase the water levels in various reservoirs during the dry season. 24 airplanes have been deployed for use in the mission.

As part of a rainmaking operation during May 11-17, a total of 172 flights were taken to the sky to create rains. 52 provinces across the country experienced a combined amount of rainfall of 291.9 millimeters.

Moreover, on May 21, the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation also set up another royal rainmaking center in Tak province to relieve water scarcity in the lower northern region.

Read more: NNT

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