Severe drought in China has left 3.2 million people short of
drinking water by Monday, according to the Office of the State
Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
The drought has also affected 18.15 million mu (1.21 million
hectares) of farmland and left 2.57 million head of livestock short
of drinking water.
Water level in the
Xiangjiang River, tributary of China's largest river, the Yangtze,
in Hunan Province, is at a record low. In the picture, a man
catches river snails under the Juzizhou Bridge on November 15,
Since October, southern China has received 30 percent to 80
percent less rainfall than average in previous years, the office
For example, the southern provinces of Hunan and Jiangxi received 19 mm. and nine mm. of
rainfall, respectively, or 86 percent and 90 percent below
Water levels in the Xiangjiang and Ganjiang rivers, tributaries
of China's largest river, the Yangtze, in the two provinces, are at
Chen Lei, Minister of Water Resources, urged local authorities
to keep a close watch on the drought and take effective measures to
guarantee water supplies for residents and agricultural production
this winter and next spring.
(Xinhua News Agency November 20, 2007)