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Severe drought lingers in north China, relief limited with scarce rainfall

2009-02-15 15:52:44 GMT2009-02-15 23:52:44 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Soldiers help the villagers to get water from a fire engine in Lieshan Township in Huaibei City, east China's Anhui Province, Feb. 12, 2009. Fire engines were sent to deliver water for residents in the villages of Lieshan Township. Huaibei city has suffered from drought since October last year. (Xinhua/Wan Shanchao)

Soldiers help the villagers to transport water in Lieshan Township in Huaibei City, east China's Anhui Province, Feb. 12, 2009. Fire engines were sent to deliver water for residents in the villages of Lieshan Township. Huaibei city has suffered from drought since October last year. (Xinhua/Wan Shanchao)

Villagers get water from a fire engine in Hualou Village of Lieshan Township in Huaibei City, east China's Anhui Province, Feb. 12, 2009. Fire engines were sent to deliver water for residents in the villages of Lieshan Township. Huaibei city has suffered from drought since October last year.(Xinhua/Wan Shanchao)

BEIJING, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- North China's severe drought is still threatening 104 million mu (6.9 million hectares) of farmland in north China, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said Sunday.

The drought-affected farmland dropped only 6.41 million mu, compared to a day earlier, although the country is going all out to fight the worst drought in decades, including artificial rain.

Among the total affected farmland, 30.33 million mu was seriously threatened by the drought, though 940,000 mu less than a day earlier, and 4.21 million mu had dried out, according to the office.

In the meantime, 4.68 million people and 2.5 million heads of livestock are still facing water shortage.

About 88.42 million mu of winter wheat crops are suffering from the drought, 5.88 million mu less than a day earlier, in provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Anhui, Henan, Shandong, Shaanxi, and Gansu.

The respite was limited as there was no effective rainfall in the drought-hit winter wheat growing provinces Saturday, although 5.11 million mu of wheat farmland was watered by irrigation facilities.

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