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20 bln cubic meters of water drained to quench demand

05-30-2011 08:45 BJT Special Report:Severe Drought Hits South China |

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As we've been covering China's worst drought in 50 years, it appears the situation is only getting worse, despite water being released from the Three Gorges reservoir.

35 million people remain affected, according to China's Ministry of Civil Affairs, with 4 million of that unable to access safe drinking water.

So far, nearly 20 billion cubic meters of water has been drained from the Three Gorges reservoir in a bid to quench demand, substantially lowering water levels. The remaining water in the dam may only be enough for another two weeks' supply.

Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces have suffered the most due to the lack of rain. With the five provinces along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River being a major agricultural hub, the drought could result in economic losses of up to nearly 15 billion yuan. And no significant rainfall is forecast for the coming three days.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: CNTV.CN

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