While seasonal downpours have wreaked havoc across East China,
other areas are still suffering drought, with about 7.6 million
people in rural areas and 6.3 million livestock facing drinking
To date, more than 5 million hectares of crops have been
affected, with nearly 40 percent of those facing the prospect of
failure, according to a source with the Beijing-based State
Flood-Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
"There has not been enough rain in Shanxi Province or the Inner
Mongolian and Ningxia Hui autonomous regions across North and
Northwest China since late last month, while dry spells have also
hit mountainous regions in Central China's Hunan and Southwest
China's Guizhou Province as well as Chongqing Municipality," the
In Alxa League in Inner Mongolian, camels' humps have shrunk as
drought scorches the grasslands where many goats have already died
"Bodies of dead goats can be seen along the roads," Lian Jun, a
reporter working for China National Radio in the Ningxia Hui
Autonomous Region, said in a report.
In Datong, Shuozhou, Xinzhou and Yuncheng in Shanxi, rain has
been 70 percent less than normal while more than 1.4 million
hectares of farmland, 40 percent of the province's total, are
threatened by drought.
In Central China's Hunan, about 80,000 storage ponds have dried
up, as have more than 1,170 rivulets in mountainous areas, due to
the lack of rainfall since June.
In Xiushan, a county in southern Chongqing, residents in some
villages have to travel 7 kilometers to fetch water away amid the
(China Daily August 12, 2005)