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The drought of south-west China in pictures

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Two local officials look over a dry reservoir in Zhaotong, Yunnan province, on August 23, 2011. Low precipitation caused a seven-month drought in Zhaotong, and more than 4 million mu (2,667 square kilometers) of crops failed due to the drought. Photo: China Daily/Xinhua

Xinhua has reported that Southern China is still suffering from severe drought. Residents of Guizhou, Yunnan and Chongqing provinces are trying to find alternative water sources. Over five million people in Yunnan have been suffering from drought since winter. That’s one-eighth of the province’s population. These pictures from China Daily illustrate the severity of the drought.

Kong Chuizhu, Deputy Governor of Yunnan province, said, “The whole province has raised more than two hundred million yuan in funds to fight the drought. We’re putting access to drinking water as the primary focus.” According to Kong Chuizhu, nearly 2 million people now have some access to safe drinking water, however the remaining 3 million are still thirsty.

In Chongqing’s Jiangjin district, there hasn’t been a drop of rain for almost 50 days. It’s the most serious shortage in years as the area’s rainfall is half that during the same time last year – local authorities are distributing drinking water to people.

A woman washes clothes in an almost-dry reservoir in Zhaotong, Yunnan province, on August 23, 2011. Photo: China Daily/Xinhua

A water truck brings water to local residents in Zhaotong, Yunnan province, on August 23, 2011. Photo: China Daily/Xinhua

Peasants plant celery cabbages in a field where potatoes failed due to drought in Zhaotong, Yunnan province, on August 23, 2011. Photo: China Daily/Xinhua

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Written by makanaka

August 24, 2011 at 19:50

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  1. […] also to continue the already severe droughts in West […]


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