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19 June 2010 :: 11:06:08 am 25892

Treasure Hunters Flock to the Yom River in Phichit

Making the best of the current drought afflicting the area, the Yom River in Phichit is being overrun by locals and residents from far afield looking for their slice of a perceived sunken treasure.
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Phichit, the 18th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: With locals reporting that they have never seen the river so dry in over 50 years, eager treasure hunters are flocking to the region in Phichit where several wealthy ships are meant to have sunk in the past.

Turning the current crisis into opportunity, residents are sifting through the sand and soft river bed with the hope of finding buried valuables from past eras. Notably, over 50-years ago the boat of a famous monk and various other vessels of wealthy or important people are said to have sunk in the now dry spot.

The word has spread around the provinces of Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Phrae and Lampang those of which that the river Yom flows through on its way to joining the river Nan in Nakhon Sawan. Along with neighbouring provinces people are also coming from far afield to seek the fortunes that the Yom river bed is said to hold.

Local market stalls and food suppliers have mushroomed in the area where traffic has increased tenfold and the interest in the region is growing by the day. Serious searchers have lit incense to ask permission from the spirits to enter the area and search for relics from the past.

Not lost on the people of the region, relying heavily on rice and lotus field crops, is the prolonged drought which has damaged approximately 2 million rai of land this year alone.

The Interior Ministry say that they have issued almost Bt253 million in compensation payments to ease the plight of farmers in the region this year, whilst provincial seats state that they have handed out almost Bt500,000 to affected farmers.

Deputy government spokesman Watchara Kannikar has stated that the drought issue was heavily discussed at the recent Cabinet meeting and a decision was made to implement the Royal Water Control schemes (rain making machines) that were initiated by His Majesty the King. The project is expected to cost an estimated Bt3 billion.

Officials have hope that the water supply will be adequate to provide for the country this year as the rain season approaches and proactive rain making operations are put in place.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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