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6 mln people suffer from persistent drought in SW China's Yunnan

2012-02-23 07:45:39 GMT2012-02-23 15:45:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Villager Yang Jiawei holds a mussel shell on a parched pond at Benzhai Village in Shizong County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Feb. 22, 2012.(Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

Pupils of the elementary school of Luogong Village queue to get water from a water wagon at the village in Luliang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Feb. 21, 2012.(Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

Villager Wu Yongsheng gets water in a cistern which is almost dried up at Muyibai Village in Shizong County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Feb. 22, 2012.(Xinhua/Lin Yiguang)

Since December, the persistent drought in Yunnan has affected more than 6 million people, leaving at least 2.4 million people and 1.5 million livestock short of drinking water, said the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Wednesday.

 

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