Farmers force to work at night amid heatwave

Rice farming in the dark

has been forced on these villagers

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

due to a long-lasting heatwave

with temperatures reaching up to 104 °F

(SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) 40-YEAR-OLD RICE FARMER, LE VAN HA, SAYING:

"The weather recently is very harsh, and with the prolonged heatwave, we couldn't do much during the day time. So we prepare in the day time and then plant the rice at night, around 1 or 2 a.m., which is more effective because around 8 a.m. the heat is unbearable."

Farmers from the Tam Thanh commune

can now work for more hours

but their productivity has halved

from farming without light

(SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) 35-YEAR-OLD FARMER LE THI VAN, SAYING:

"Working in the field only yields enough rice for my own family to eat. It's not like before when we can make a living relying solely on agriculture. Now we can't anymore and have to find other jobs. We do this only to keep the land and plant rice to eat because the crop is not enough to sell for money. It's too little, and no one wants to work the field anymore. In fact, many have quit."