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Hunan: Villages drying up, villagers struggling to get water

08-08-2011 08:12 BJT Special Report:Floods and Droughts of Summer 2011 |

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Central China's Hunan province has been one of the hardest hit by an ongoing drought plaguing the region. Some remote rural areas without light water resources are suffering the most. Yuan Xiaoyuan takes us to a small village in the deep mountains, to see the hard and long journey local villagers take just to get water.

Suffering the worst drought in decades, this village in Hunan is drying up. Villagers have to look for water themselves. Some have to take long treks just to find water, like this villager and his grandson.

Bringing all the containers they can, Wang and his grandson walk on this bumpy road for an hour each way. The journey is extremely hard for both old and young as the heat bears down, but the thirst for water keeps them going.

Bringing all the containers they can, Wang and his grandson walk on this bumpy road for an hour each way. The journey is extremely hard for both old and young as the heat bears down, but the thirst for water keeps them going.

Wang's village had survived on ground water before the severe drought dried up supplies a month ago. The village's young have left to make a living in the cities, so hard labor like this falls onto the shoulders of the elderly and children, who are the only ones.

Finally, they reach the source of life. This small reservoir in a nearby village is now the only water source for them and hundreds of other villagers.

After filling the barrels full of water, the journey back home is much heavier. Wang and his grandson don't know how long the drought will continue and how more many times they will repeat the long and hard journey.

Finally, they reach the source of life. This small reservoir in a nearby village is now the only water source for them and hundreds of other villagers.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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