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China affected by lingering drought

08-03-2011 08:13 BJT

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Parts of the country are continuing to suffer from a crippling drought. The country's drought relief authorities have warned that water shortages in China are affecting more than 4 million people.

Soaring temperatures and little rainfall have worsened the drought in the Ningxia Hui and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regions, as well as the provinces of Gansu, Guizhou and Hunan. More than 4 million hectares of farmland have been affected and water reserves are rapidly diminishing, putting an estimated 4 million livestock at risk. Si Nan take a look at the situation across the region.

Guizhou Province in southwest China is no stranger to drought. But this year the drought arrived a month earlier than usual, just as the harvesting began.

A village head in Guizhou province said, "The drought will wipe out half of this year's crops if the situation continues. Now is the crucial time for corn. Everything will dry out if it doesn't rain."

Parts of the country are continuing to suffer from a crippling drought. The country's drought relief authorities have warned that water shortages in China are affecting more than 4 million people.

By the end of July, rainfall reached only around 30 percent of the average rate. The situation is no better in neighboring Hunan Province.

Liu Youtong, a farmer in Hunan province, said, "We haven't seen a single drop of rain here since June. All the crops have died. We will lose a lot of money this year."

For those crops that are still standing, finding water for irrigation is a top priority. Farmers say they have to line up at the pumps early in the morning. But the water available here cannot meet the needs of all.

Deng Jiasheng, a farmer in Hunan province, said, "Water reserves will soon dry up. We'll soon have no water to pump. There were dozens of pumps here. Now there are fewer and fewer."

China has initiated an emergency response plan to cope with the drought.

As part of the program, the National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs have sent a work group to the hardest-hit regions to assess the situation and assist in ongoing disaster relief efforts.

 

China drought affects 4.28mln people

In China, parts of the country are continuing to suffer through a crippling dry spell. Water shortages in China are affecting 4.28 million people, according to the country's drought relief authority. Full story >>

In China, parts of the country are continuing to suffer through a crippling dry spell. Water shortages in China are affecting 4.28 million people, according to the country's drought relief authority.

In China, parts of the country are continuing to suffer through a crippling dry spell. Water shortages in China are affecting 4.28 million people, according to the country's drought relief authority.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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