After the rice is harvested, the cut straw, still with the rice husks attached, must be left out in the sun for a few days to dry. On the 2nd day, everyone woke to find heavy clouds threatening to unleash a torrent of rain that would have ruined the whole crop. A message was quickly sent to the village to round up workers and then everyone scurried about picking up piles of straw to put under cover. Just as they brought in the last of the piles the heavens opened and heavy rain fell for the next hour. The rice was saved, and the rain meant the fields would be ready for ploughing again in a few days which is great news.