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Jiangxi hit by severe drought

2011-05-19 13:09:30 GMT2011-05-19 21:09:30(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A farmer shows the big cracks in a rice field in drought in Dapu Village, Yuanzhou District of Yichun City, east China's Jiangxi Province, May 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Haibin)

A farmer stands in a rice field which cannot grow rice due to severe drought in Dapu Village, Yuanzhou District of Yichun City, east China's Jiangxi Province, May 19, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Haibin)

Villager Li Jihong holds several rice seedlings affected by drought in Dapu Village, Yuanzhou District of Yichun City, east China's Jiangxi Province, May 19, 2011.(Xinhua/Zou Haibin)

Villager Liu Jinlian digs up rice seedlings which can on longer be transplanted due to drought in Dapu Village, Yuanzhou District of Yichun City, east China's Jiangxi Province, May 19, 2011.(Xinhua/Zou Haibin)

Due to unusual lack of waterfalls, Jiangxi was hit by a severe drought that began plaguing in the spring and continued into the summer, which was rare in recent years in the province.

The drought left more than 230,000 people in short of drinking water and affected vast areas of rice fields.

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