Northeast China's Jilin Province, which has been plagued by
drought for nearly a month, has managed to provide drinking water
to about 150,000 thirsty people in the rural areas, but more are
crying for water.
The province has also resumed water supply for 211,200 head of
livestock, said Xie Wanku, deputy head of the Jilin Provincial
Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
But 288,700 people in the countryside of Jilin and 181,300 head
of livestock are still short of drinking water, Xie said.
Meanwhile, 12 cities have also reported temporary shortage of
water, the official said.
In addition, up to 66.5 percent of the farmland in the province,
or about 2.67 million hectares, has been affected by the drought,
while 19 reservoirs have dried up.
The province has spent more than 300 million yuan (US$37.5
million) for disaster relief and dispatched more than 2 million
people to combat the drought.
Latest nationwide statistics show that the number of Chinese
without drinking water has risen by 320,000 in the past several
days to 8.68 million as drought tightened its grip on the country's
The drought had affected 11.07 million hectares of arable land
-- including 9.2 million hectares of crops -- and 7.6 million heads
of livestock, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief
Headquarters said on Monday.
In northeast China's Liaoning Province, 2.05 million hectares,
or 49 percent, of the province's crops are affected by drought.
In the northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, 870,000
people, 1.48 million head of livestock and 460,000 square
kilometers of pasture are suffering water shortages.
(Xinhua News Agency June 26, 2007)