CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Drought and floods: China battles extreme opposite weather

08-04-2011 08:49 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

China is battling weather extremes, including drought and floods. While lingering dry spells cripple some parts of the country, heavy downpours have inundated others. Many southwestern regions are parched, including Guizhou, Hunan and Yunnan provinces, Chongqing Municipality and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Elsewhere, the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu have suffered from heavy downpours. The rain has also affected parts of Chongqing Municipality.

In Xiangjiang River in central China's Hunan Province, where several sections of the river are rapidly drying up.

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.

China's provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu have suffered from
heavy downpours. The rain has also affected parts of Chongqing
Municipality.

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.

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.

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.

Tobacco farmer Liu Shijin said, "My crop had 7-thousand tobacco plants, but now I think only 2,000 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 Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program