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Drought hits mid, lower Yangtze River

05-30-2011 14:47 BJT Special Report:Severe Drought Hits South China |

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Drought continues to affect the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, one of China's major grain-producing areas. Dongting lake in Central China's Hubei Province has now shrunk by two thirds. The drought has seen the water level fall by about 5 meters, hampering breeding and migration. And no rain is expected for the next week.

Chaohu Lake in east China's Anhui Province is also experiencing its lowest water level in 5 years, with some parts drying up. Meanwhile, the continuous drought has turned Poyang Lake, the country's largest fresh water lake in Jiangxi Province, into a prairie. The lake is now its smallest in history, just one-tenth of the size of last year. Fish production in the area has also fallen sharply.

Photo taken on May 28, 2011 shows the stranded boats on the dried field of Chaohu Lake
in Chaohu City of east China's Anhui Province. At least 200 boats piled up in Chaohu
Lake as the drought hit Anhui Province. The Drought, started in April, has affected
3.29 million people and 950,000 livestock in the five provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui,
Jiangxi, Hubei, and Hunan, where dry spell is most serious, according to the latest
government statistics. China's National Meteorological Center on Sunday kept its
"yellow alert" for the persistent drought, which said that there will be still no
substantial precipitation in the coming days in the drought-hit regions. (Xinhua/Li
Yuanbo)

Photo taken on May 28, 2011 shows the dried field of Chaohu Lake in Chaohu City of
east China's Anhui Province. (Xinhua/Li Yuanbo)

Farmers walk in the shallow of the Chaohu Lake in Chaohu City of east China's Anhui
Province. (Xinhua/Li Yuanbo)

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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