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Severe drought ravages Central and East China

2011-05-28 09:31:27 GMT2011-05-28 17:31:27(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Children play in the dried-up bottom of the Poyang Lake district in Duchang county of Jiujiang city, East China's Jiangxi province, May 25, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Fishing boats are stranded at the dried-up bottom in the Jiangsu section of the Huai River, in East China's Jiangsu province, May 16, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

The dried-up bottom of Honghu Lake is pictured in Honghu city, Central China's Hubei province on May 24, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A car drives past the dried-up area of Poyang Lake on May 25, 2011 (top), and fishing boats are docked on the water surface in Poyang Lake on May 11, 2010, in Duchang county of Jiujiang city, East China's Jiangxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

A crab is found dead in a dried-up pond in Xinjian county, East China's Jiangxi province, in this photo released on May 27, 2011. [Photo/Yangcheng Evening News]

A farmer irrigates a dried-up farmland in Yuyi county, East China's Jiangsu province, May 26, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Farmers work on the dried-up farmland in Yuyi county, East China's Jiangsu province, May 26, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A severe drought from April has affected some 34.83 million people in five provinces along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River as of Friday.

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