Thailand's rubber industry has been hit hard by an ongoing drought.
Natural rubber production from January until April fell around 50 per cent from the same period last year, according to the Rubber Holder Co-operatives Federation of Thailand. The lack of water in the country's north and north-east region is killing rubber trees, the Bangkok Post reported. Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said that 29 out of 76 provinces were being adversely affected by drought, up from the 27 provinces in mid-April.
Source: dpa International Service in English