Fri, August 26, 2011
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Severe drought hits SW China

2011-08-26 06:20:39 GMT2011-08-26 14:20:39(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Wang Jun, an official in charge of local water management, shows the dried-up reservoir at Luliang County in Qujing City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

A farmer shows the dried-up corn stalk at the Mayi Village of Shizong County in Qujing City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou) (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

Villagers queue up for water delivered by a vehicle from a dozen kilometers away at the Qingshan Village of Zhanyi County in Qujing City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 25, 2011. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

A women shows the dried-up corn at a village of Luliang County in Qujing City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

Villagers queue up for water delivered by a vehicle from a dozen kilometers away at the Qingshan Village of Zhanyi County in Qujing City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 25, 2011. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

Two women stand in a field with dried-up tomatoes at the Xiaoxin Village of Shizong County in Qujing City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Yang Zongyou)

Qujing city in southwest China's Yunnan Province is suffering the worst summer drought since records began in 1961.

Altogether the drought in provinces of Yunan, Guizhou, Hunan and Sichuan and the municipality of Chongqing has affected a combined 5.86 million hectares of crops in those regions, leaving a total of 12 million people and 9.17 million livestock short of drinking water.

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