China has allocated 564 million yuan (US$75.2 million) to
13 drought-stricken provinces as temporary subsidies for needy
people, a spokesman with the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) said
The MCA and the Ministry of Finance have allocated the funds to
Hebei, Shanxi, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Jiangxi, Hunan, Hainan, Shaanxi, Gansu and Qinghai provinces, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The areas have suffered drought to different extent, causing
difficulties in the supply of drinking water, food and fuel for
local people in these areas.
The two ministries also earmarked 80 million yuan to Fujian, Shandong and Guizhou provinces to help rebuild houses
collapsed in various types of natural disasters.
(Xinhua News Agency September 8, 2007)