Drought Affecting Millions in China
Posted by feww on March 15, 2013
4th consecutive year of drought plaguing 53 percent of arable land in China
Lingering severe drought has left millions of people and farm animals in China without drinking water.
The worst affected areas are southwest China’s Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces, and northwestern Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.
in Yunnan province 134 rivers and 138 reservoirs have dried up, reports say.
- Two separate droughts across vast areas have affected at least ten million people, damaging or destroying large amounts of crops.
- “Yunnan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces face the worst drought among the western regions of the country, with a total of 31.67 million mu (2.11 million hectares) of arable land affected, or 53 percent of the total arable land affected by drought across the country,” said the report.
- At least 4.97 million people in southwest China’s Yunnan Province have been affected by the drought. More than 1.43 million people and 796,000 livestock lack sufficient drinking water.
- “In Gansu, lingering drought that began last autumn has affected 3.123 million people 47 counties and districts of which 643,400 are still facing a drinking water shortage, according to the provincial Civil Affairs Bureau.”
- More than one million people in Guizhou and Gansu provinces are facing drinking water shortages.
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