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Droughts cripple land, river in China's Hunan

08-04-2011 08:18 BJT

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Drought has caused major problems for boats that use the Xiangjiang River in Hunan Province. Almost 170 vessels have been held up at the Zhuzhou section in the river's upper reaches. Authorities are dredging a channel to allow river traffic to resume. Water levels have dropped to under 30 meters this year, eight meters lower than previous highs.

Tan Bin, official of Zhuzhou Maritime Department, said, "We will dredge a channel 60 meters wide and one and a half meters deep to make sure 300-ton cargo ships can pass down the waterway."

Workers expect to finish the channel in a week. Local authorities are assessing sections where water levels have plummeted to ensure vessels' safe passage. Back on land, farmers are also suffering from the devastating drought.

In Zhaotong, Yunnan province, tobacco crops have withered due to a lack of rainfall and soaring temperatures. Liu Shijin, tobacco farmer, said, "My crop had 7-thousand tobacco plants, but now I think only 2-thousand are still alive. Look, these tobacco leaves were yellow and easy to be crumbed. I don't know what to do now. " Local authorities are trying their best to cut economic losses.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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