A farmer sits in a dried-up rice paddy in Muan, South Jeolla Province on Tuesday. /Newsis
Korea has been struck by a severe drought amid unseasonably hot weather, which is beginning to take its toll on farms.
The Korea Meteorological Administration said total precipitation this year as of Monday was just 161.1mm, a mere 54.8 percent of the 30-year average and second lowest in history since statistics started in 1973.
The all-time low was 153.1 mm in 2000.
And the drought will continue. The monsoon season normally begins in late June but will come later than usual this year, and the amount of rainfall will not be as high.