Sunday, 14 April 2013

Thai Songkran Water Festival more important than water shortage

45 drought provinces declared disaster areas but Songkran is a time to travel back home & reunite with families, so the show must go on.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reportedly expects the five-day festival to generate more than 11 billion baht for the tourism industry. It is expected that 100 million baht will be generated on Khao San Road alone during the festival.

The MWA estimates that water splashing during the Songkran festival in the capital and its vicinities will add another 100,000 cubic metres to daily demand. For the sake of comparison, that amount of water would need 8,333 12-tonne trucks for storage. If those 8,333 trucks were lined up, the total length would be 100km - the distance from Bangkok to Sara Buri province.

Read the full article at the Bangkok Post.

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