Drought desperation: Bangkok officially cuts Songkran short to save water

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has announced the Songkran festival will only last three days this year in the hope of saving water amid the drought crisis.

As the nation is facing its worst water shortage in twenty years, Bangkok decided it will shorten Songkran celebrations from four to three days, as the festival will be held on April 12-14 across the city, according to deputy governor Amorn Kijchawengkul.

Amorn encouraged citizens to spend some dry quality time with their family on April 15 instead, as the famous festival marks the Thai New Year.

Water fights will only be allowed until 9pm each evening to save water.

While the celebrations usually last until late at night in areas like Khao San and Silom Roads, each district has now been instructed to publicize the new rules to locals and tourists.

Amorn added that CentralWorld had agreed to cooperate with the city’s policy and will cancel their water filling stations, which means you have to bring your own water from home.

Amorn added the usage of water in Bangkok usually triples during the Songkran festival.

The city expects to save 5 billion liters of water this year by shortening the festival, Daily News reported.



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