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Feature: Hunan fisherman in desperate need of job to support family

06-03-2011 08:59 BJT

The persisting drought in central and eastern China now shows no signs of letting up with little precipitation. Our reporter Wang Guan has been following the situation in drought-hit areas, by finding out who is suffering the most.

The drought has reached epic proportions.

With 5 percent of farmland cracking, aquatic life is dying prematurely and hydro-electric power stations are struggling to create enough power.

For the upcoming summer, what's in store for millions in central China could be a summer with no rice to yield, nowhere to fish and constant power cuts.

This bleak prospect is turning into reality faster than people would like.

35-year-old fisherman Huang Jiansheng does what he has to every day---navigate the dwindling Dongting lake to look for fish.

But today is another day he comes back empty-handed.

Huang Jiansheng, Fisherman of Yueyang, Hunan Province said "I have had to give up fishing. All that I am thinking is to do some part-time manual labor somewhere. Where exactly? Maybe working on cargo ships helping load and unload things. How much will they pay? less than 50 yuan a day."

Less than 50 yuan a day is probably not enough to provide for his family of five, with two sons still under the age of two.

In desperate need of a job, the husband and father says every day he just hopes the employers he has had interviews with will call him up soon.

In the meantime, the drought has left him with nothing to do other than repairing his fishing equipment, not knowing when he can use it again.

Huang Jiansheng's wife said "I support him going outside and finding some part-time work, I will stay home to take care of the babies. What else can do we, it's a natural disaster."

The drought has shown no signs of relenting.

Little rain is being forecast in the coming days and weeks.

The water levels of the Yangtze river and the Dongting Lake, one of the largest in China, are expected to reach their lowest in decades making the lives of more rural villagers difficult.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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