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Farmers hit by dry season ( 12 photo)

Levels in many rivers and dams in Thailand have fallen drastically due to the late wet season, causing a severe water shortage. Farmers in the central provinces are worst affected, with rice growers in 22 provinces along the Chao Phraya River ordered to delay further planting until the rains arrive. Photos by Patipat Janthong

24 Jun 2015
Young paddy crops wilt in Suphan Buri's Sam Chuk district as farmers wait for the provincial irrigation office to release more water into the nearby canal. The office is regulating the flow to eke out the scarce remaining water. Photo by Patipat Janthong

Young paddy crops wilt in Suphan Buri's Sam Chuk district as farmers wait for the provincial irrigation office to release more water into the nearby canal. The office is regulating the flow to eke out the scarce remaining water. Photo by Patipat Janthong

Water pumps are left unused in tambon Nong Phak Nak in Sam Chuk district. The office is regulating the water flow to cope with drought. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

Water pumps are left unused in tambon Nong Phak Nak in Sam Chuk district. The office is regulating the water flow to cope with drought. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

An abandoned shrimp farm in Suphan Buri's Don Chedi district. Farmers saw their ponds dry up as the water ran out and ended up losing 50,000 to 60,000 baht per shrimp farm. Photo by Patipat Janthong

An abandoned shrimp farm in Suphan Buri's Don Chedi district. Farmers saw their ponds dry up as the water ran out and ended up losing 50,000 to 60,000 baht per shrimp farm. Photo by Patipat Janthong

A cow eats hay in a dry farm in Ayutthaya province. Photo by  Patipat Janthong

A cow eats hay in a dry farm in Ayutthaya province. Photo by Patipat Janthong

A farmer watches young paddy crops shrivel in Sam Chuk district. Photo by  Patipat Janthong

A farmer watches young paddy crops shrivel in Sam Chuk district. Photo by Patipat Janthong

The water has totally dried up at Makham Tao U-Thong canal in Don Chedi district. Photo by Patipat Janthong

The water has totally dried up at Makham Tao U-Thong canal in Don Chedi district. Photo by Patipat Janthong

A villager tries his luck in the murky, shallow water of the Pasak Chonlasit dam in Lop Buri. Almost no water can be discharged as the dam's reservoir is down to just 9.5% of capacity. Photo by Patipat Janthong

A villager tries his luck in the murky, shallow water of the Pasak Chonlasit dam in Lop Buri. Almost no water can be discharged as the dam's reservoir is down to just 9.5% of capacity. Photo by Patipat Janthong

A worker carries a basket of rocks to fill cracks caused by land subsidence as a result of erosion along the Chao Phraya River bank in Ayutthaya. Photo by Patipat Janthong

A worker carries a basket of rocks to fill cracks caused by land subsidence as a result of erosion along the Chao Phraya River bank in Ayutthaya. Photo by Patipat Janthong

Villagers remove the structure of a house that collapsed into the Noi River in Tha Chang district, Sing Buri, when the riverbank subsided after erosion caused by the rapid discharge of water from a canal. Photo by Patipat Janthong

Villagers remove the structure of a house that collapsed into the Noi River in Tha Chang district, Sing Buri, when the riverbank subsided after erosion caused by the rapid discharge of water from a canal. Photo by Patipat Janthong

A farmer pumps water into his fields in Chai Nat's Sankhaburi district. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

A farmer pumps water into his fields in Chai Nat's Sankhaburi district. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

Farmers in Sam Chuk district pump water out of a canal. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

Farmers in Sam Chuk district pump water out of a canal. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

Farmers in Sam Chuk district pump water out of a canal. Photo by Patipat Janthong.

Farmers in Sam Chuk district pump water out of a canal. Photo by Patipat Janthong.