DRY SPELL

Thai rice farmers hit by severe drought - and then floods

Rice farmer Arkom Pimsang and his wife Nattiya Phayrahan on their padi field. Mr Arkom has seen 2.4ha of his crop wither and another 8ha growing at a much slower rate.
Rice farmer Arkom Pimsang and his wife Nattiya Phayrahan on their padi field. Mr Arkom has seen 2.4ha of his crop wither and another 8ha growing at a much slower rate.ST PHOTO: HATHAI TECHAKITTERANUN

It rained for the first time in a month on Sunday in Nong Sang Thong sub-district in Thailand's central province of Suphanburi, a two-hour drive from Bangkok, thanks to tropical storms Podul and Kajiki.

But the deluge did little for rice farmers like 33-year-old Arkom Pimsang who are struggling with the worst drought in a decade.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2019, with the headline 'Thai rice farmers hit by severe drought - and then floods'. Print Edition | Subscribe