Strong rainstorms occurred on Sunday in cities over
the eastern Sichuan Basin, in southwest China, signaling a
possible end to more than three months of drought.
The provincial observatory said the rainstorms had
washed over the area from Sunday morning and some experts
considered it a turning point, bringing lower temperatures, more
rain and strong winds to the droughts-ravaged areas.
Meteorologists forecast rainstorms or showers with
strong winds over the Sichuan Basin, covering most of the province,
Downpours would hit 12 cities in Sichuan and the
temperature peak was expected to drop by ten degrees Celsius,
ending the long-lasting heatwave.
Over the past three months, the drought has left at
least 18 million people short of drinking water in 15 provinces,
municipalities and regions, according to the Ministry of Water
has been hardest hit.
The Sichuan Provincial Meteorological Administration
said central and eastern parts of the province had experienced
temperatures of up to 40 degrees until Saturday.
The drought brought drinking water shortages to more
than 10 million people in Sichuan.
(Xinhua News Agency September 4, 2006)