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N China Drought: Another Mega Disaster Looming

Posted by feww on January 25, 2011

Worst drought in 60 years hits northern China

2 million people and 60 million hectares of crops running out of water

Most of China’s wheat-growing areas in the north have been scorched by droughts since last October. The provinces of Henan, Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong and Jiangsu , as well as Xuchang in central China’s Henan Province haven’t seen a drop of rain for three months.

“East China’s Qingdao in Shandong Province is also being hit hard by drought.  Tap water there dried up 2 months ago, residents now have to carry water from a local river,” a report said.

The land is parched, crops are withering.

Beijing has seen no rain for 92 days, and is about to break a 60-year record for the latest first snowfall, the People’s Daily said.

“Water levels are continuing to fall and the depleted Miyun reservoir is threatening to turn the taps off for 17 million residents and access to drinking water. Experts forecast that Beijing will not see any rain until February,” the report added.

Winter wheat crops in about a fifth of northern China’s wheat-growing areas have been severely affected by drought, while forecasters see no early end to the dry spell.

Meanwhile, freezing rain and heavy snow are wreaking havoc across large parts of southern china, affecting crops.

More icy rain and heavy snow is forecast  for large areas of southwest China, as a cold snap approaches, the People’s Daily said.

Time to Exhaust the Yellow River

Beijing is experiencing its 12th year of an ongoing drought, as a result of which the water tables have dropped sharply, according to a report, citing  the Water Authority officials.

Beijing residents require 2.5 billion cubic meters of water a year; however the Capital’s two drinking water reservoirs, Guanting and Miyun, hold a combined total of 1.2 billion cubic meters, the report said.

“Starting this year, the Yellow River-to-Beijing Water Diversion Project will be launched to alleviate water shortages in the capital, and it is expected to transfer 300 million cubic meters of water annually, according to the Beijing Water Authority.”

“The annual water shortage in Beijing now stands at 515 million cubic meters. After the water diversion project is completed in 2015, 1 billion cubic meters of water will be transferred every year, but that still leaves a shortage of 190 million cubic meters of water every year in Beijing.” The report said.

Unfortunately for Beijing residents, the figures don’t add up!

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North China on Drought Red Alert

Posted by feww on February 6, 2009

Drought: A China’s Arch Nemesis

“The wheat grass gets so dry that it catches fire! I’ve never seen this in my whole life,” said 50-year-old Wei Liuding, a farmer from north China’s Henan Province.

“All the wheat in my land is dying like this,” he told a Xinhua reporter, as he opened his hand revealing a bunch of dead grass.

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – ReliefWeb

Henan, heart of China’s bread basket, issued a drought red alert February 5. “The provincial meteorological bureau said the drought is the worst since 1951. The drought have affected about 63 percent of the province’s 78.9 million mu (5.26 million hectares) of wheat.” Xinhua reported.

Photo dated Feb. 2, 2009 shows the dry reservoir in Yiyang County of Luoyang city, central China’s Henan Province. (Xinhua Photo). Image may be subject to copyright.

Other provinces in northern China haven’t been spared by the persistent drought, either.

Anhui Province, which  issued a drought red alert Sunday, forecasts a major drought that could destroy more than two thirds of the crops north of the Huaihe River, unless it rains by no later than next week.

Shanxi Province was put on drought orange alert on January 21;  about a million people and 160,000 heads of livestock face water shortages.

Other provinces including Hebei and Jiangsu Shaanxi, Shandong are also affected by droughts.

Until the well runs dry! Villagers irrigate the thirsty wheat field with water from well in Gaoshan Township of Luoyang city, central China’s Henan Province, Feb. 2, 2009. (Xinhua Photo). Image may be subject to copyright.

Rainfall in north and central China was 50 to 80 percent lower than normal. About 155 million mu (10.33 million hectares) of crops are affected by the drought, according to data  released by the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Thursday.

“The rare drought which began in November, has threatened 143 million mu of winter wheat, with 46.35 million mu seriously affected.” The report said. [15 mu = 1ha.]

“Some 4.29 million people and 2.07 million livestock lack proper drinking water,” the report said.

Some areas have had no rain for nearly 4 months. The drought is threatening about 43 percent of the country’s winter wheat supplies.

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