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China > Mainland > Severe drought hits SW China

A fight for water with bare hands

2010-03-19 07:19:02 GMT2010-03-19 15:19:02 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A villager gets water from a deep and almost dried-up well in Xinzhong village in Xifeng county, in southwest China's Guizhou province, March 18, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

A villager gets water in a deep and almost dried-up well in a village in Xifeng county, southwest China's Guizhou province, March 18, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

A 69-year-old villager Zhou Anhui leads his family in digging a well for drinking water in Xinzhong village in Xifeng county, southwest China's Guizhou province, March 18, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

Zhou Anhui, 69, shows his muddy hands while digging a well in Xinzhong village in Xifeng county, southwest China's Guizhou province, March 18, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

Villagers dig a well for drinking water in Xinzhong village in Xifeng county, southwest China's Guizhou province, March 18, 2010. [Photo/Asianewsphoto]

Severe drought in the area has affected the lives of 104,300 people, 63,100 livestock and 89,900 mu (6,000 hectares) of crops.

No rainfall has been seen in the area since last autumn. Local government has invested 1.67 million yuan ($245,000) in building water supply facilities, and residents themselves are using their hands to find water from the ground.

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