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China went through half year long drought

06-13-2011 09:20 BJT Special Report:Severe Drought Hits South China |

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This is how South China looked just one week ago. 34 million people in this region are thirsty. Seven-million hectares of farmland have been affected, accounting for 5 percent of the total arable land in China. And for the farmers, missing the spring farming season means losing everything.

Yuan Zhi, a farmer, said "We normally plant 10 hectares of cotton on our 50 hectares of land. But this year, it's all died. And we will have no harvest this year."

Poyang lake in East China's Jiangxi Province is the country's largest freshwater lake. One week ago it looked like this, dried up to one tenth is normal size.

As boats jostle for space on the lake, fishermen are desperately worried about their livelihoods.

Guo Caiai, a fisherman, said, "I haven't gone fishing since spring festival. There's no fish in there at all. I don't know what to do to make a living."

China started to experience this great drought last October. No rain came until last week, the south of the country has suffered most. With the spring farming season gone, the country's harvest situation this year does not look good.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: CNTV.CN

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