The Northeast is parched and farmers are bearing the brunt of water scarcity at the height of summer.
At the same time, the pinnacle of Thailand's summer is marked by Songkran, the traditional New Year water festival celebrated here as well as several other Southeast Asian countries.
People in the Northeast are usually hardest hit by the dearth of water and drought. This year, 45 provinces have already been declared disaster areas by the Interior Ministry. The majority are in the northeastern region.
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