King's New Year gift to Thais
- Published: 20/12/2012 at 11:39 AM
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His Majesty the King has given 86 rai of land in Lop Buri province for use as a flood retention area (Kaem Ling), capable of storing over 500,000 cubic metres of water, as a New Year gift to the people of Thailand, the secretary of the Chaipattana Foundation said.
Sumet Tantwetchakun said on Wednesday the land in tambon Khok Samrong, Khok Samrong district, in Lop Buri province was given to the Chaipattana Foundation on Nov 15 for use as water retention basins.
Use of these areas would reduce the damage from flooding and also provide water for farmers in the dry season.
Mr Sumet said the 86 rai of land was previously owned by Prapat Sae-Chua, 71. The man gave land as a tribute to the King on His Majesty's 84th birthday.
Royal land investigators said the land was suited for developed into retention areas. The land could store 537,600 cubic metres of water.
Director of the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, Royon Jitdorn, said the King was worried about the disastrous affects of flooding well before the current concerns about climate change.
Mr Royon said the King instructed him to keep the balance between earth, water and forest, because growing economies are destroying and disrupting the environment, which leads to natural disasters.
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