Asia One (July 20, 2015) As the Chao Phraya River Basin runs out of water for farmland, rice farmers are running out of cash. Without water, farmers can do nothing but leave their plants to wither. Without crops, they have no source of certain income. As a result, many farmers have turned to loan sharks to get money to fill their family members’ hungry stomachs. This means the longer the drought crisis, the deeper they will plunge into debt.