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Severe spring drought in Central China

2011-05-05 01:36:33 GMT2011-05-05 09:36:33(Beijing Time)  China Daily

A farmer stands in a rape field that has not yielded a harvest because of lingering drought conditions in Xiaochang county, Central China's Hubei province, May 3, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Villagers fetch drinking water dispatched by firefighting vehicles in Xiaohe township of Xiaochang county, Hubei province, May 3, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Mussels are pictured at the bottom of a dried out pond in Xiaochang county, Hubei province, May 3, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A villager passes through a dried river as he carries drinking water back home to Xiaohe township of Xiaochang county, Hubei province, May 3, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A couple plant peanuts on their arid farmland in Xiaochang county, Hubei province, May 3, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Lingering drought hits Xiaochang county, Central China's Hubei province, May 3, 2011.

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