Water festival observed in Thailand amid major drought

Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:39am EDT
 
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BANGKOK - - Armed with water pistols and buckets, celebrants took part in the annual water festival Songkran in Thailand on Wednesday, amid a severe drought.

As the country faces its worst water shortage in two decades, with 14 out 76 provinces hit, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has urged people to cut down one day of Songkran to save water. The festival runs from April 13-15.

"Yeah, you got to look after the water for the farmers but people need to let off steam and have that once a year enjoyment and finding that balance," tourist Neil Russel said. "I hope they manage to do it."

 
A man plays a trumpet while people are splashed by elephants with water during the celebration of the Songkran water festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, north of Bangkok. REUTERS/Jorge Silva