Drought hits over 5 million people across China

August 3, 2006

As provinces in eastern and southern China battle floods triggered by typhoons, more than five million people across rest of the country are facing drought.

The shortage in rainfall has disrupted the temporary drinking water supply for 1.3 million people in the southwestern province of Guizhou, and affected more than 6,67,170 acres of crops and 9,00,000 domestic animals, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

In mid-July, rainfall in northern, northeastern and southeastern parts of the province was about 50 to 70 per cent less than the average.

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