Thu, September 08, 2011
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Drought leaves school with water shortage

2011-09-08 03:20:09 GMT2011-09-08 11:20:09(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Water transported by a water wagon is allocated to students and teachers at Gengsha School in Fengshan county, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Sept 7, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

A student deposits his bucket of allocated water in a wooden trunk at Gengsha School in Fengshan county, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Sept 7, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Students pour used water into a big bucket. The dirty water will be used to wash the toilets at Gengsha School in Fengshan county, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Sept 7, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Workers pump water into a water wagon from a spring 15 kilometers away from Gengsha School in Fengshan county, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Sept 7, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Water transported by a water wagon is allocated to students and teachers at Gengsha School in Fengshan county, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, Sept 7, 2011.

 The lingering drought has left the school’s more than 800 students and teachers facing a water shortage, forcing the local authorities to assign a water wagon to transport water from a spring 15 kilometers away.

 A round trip to the spring takes the wagon around 3 hours, meaning it can only complete three trips per day, only just meeting the students and teachers’ basic demand for domestic use.As of August 23, the lingering drought in Guangxi had affected more than 1.27 million people and 140,000 hectares of farmland.

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