[Anchor Lead]Badly affected by drought, rural regions struggle in the search for water day in and day out. Farmers are using heavy equipment and helicopters to draw in water for their crops.[Pkg]Paddy fields have completely gone dry with the brown soil evidently apparent. The rice plants have also withered. A military unit arrives with much needed water. A dozen hoses are laid out and finally the parched field is hydrated. The water quickly disappears into dry cracks of the field. The farmer, who had no water for his crops for a month, lingers around the hose.[Soundbite] Choi Byeong-yeol(Farmer) : "Look at the difference between the parched areas over there and watered fields here. This water can last for 7-10 days."This drying up reservoir here had water transported by a choppper from Pyeongtaek-ho Lake 40 kilometers away. Here next to a dry stream, efforts are under way to dig up water from underground to secure as much water as possible. Heavy equipment is mobilized to search for and draw water. But still, there are many more fields that remain parched. Farmers are devastated.[Soundbite] Choi Boo-si(Farmer) : "The traffic is bad so only small-sized watering vehicles can come through. But there's a waiting list so I heard this area can't be reached. (You must be frustrated.) I can't explain it in words."There's no knowing when sufficient rain will come to end the drought but farmers can't just sit on their hands. Every day is a painful struggle for farming communities.
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