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Severe drought hits N China

China reduces anti-drought emergency level

China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Friday reduced the level of emergency for the drought to the second class as snow and rain watered northern farm land in the past week. Full story

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The government of north China's Shanxi Province is stepping up efforts to fight a worsening drought.

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China reduces anti-drought emergency level

2009-02-20 06:19:22 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Friday reduced the level of emergency for the drought to the second class as snow and rain watered northern farm land in the past week.

Two Chinese provinces call off top-level emergency response to drought

2009-02-19 22:30:19 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's severe drought eased after heavy snow fell, and two provinces had called off the top-level emergency response, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said Thursday.

Heavy snowfall helps ease drought in N China

2009-02-18 12:14:44 GMT Xinhua English Vehicles queue up during a snowfall at a closed entrance to the national Jingshen Expressway near Qinhuangdao City, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 18, 2009.

Sandstorms may follow prolonged drought

2009-02-18 07:03:50 GMT China Daily The severe drought that plagued northern China during the past four months may breed worse sandstorms, which is sometimes seen during the coming spring as a result of rainfall shortage, a climate expert said on Tuesday.

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Drought situation continues to improve

2009-02-17 01:52:58 GMT China Daily The area of farmland affected by severe drought in North China has fallen by more than a third from its peak on Feb 7 to just under 100 million mu (6.6 million hectares) yesterday, the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said.

China exempts anti-drought flights from service charges

2009-02-16 13:23:02 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- China's aviation authorities have been told to exempt aircraft involved in anti-drought missions from some aviation fees and ensure the supply of aircraft for drought relief.

China's grain security sound amid north China drought: official

2009-02-12 15:14:08 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's wheat supply and grain safety will not be influenced by the worst dry spell in 50 years that has parched more than 40 percent of the nation's total wheat land, an agricultural minister said Thursday.

China Development Bank allocates 1 bln yuan for drought emergency loans

2009-02-12 15:13:09 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- China Development Bank (CDB) said here Thursday it has allocated 1 billion yuan (about 147.1 million U.S. dollars) for emergency loans to support the fight against drought.

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Residents in Central China fight against severe drought

2009-02-12 06:44:39 GMT Xinhua English Soldiers help farmers water wheat in Liuwan Village of Nanyang, central China's Henan Province, Feb. 11, 2009.

China beefs up drought relief efforts

2009-02-06 06:10:03 GMT Xinhua English Members of a drought relief working team overhaul a water pump in Linfen, north China's Shanxi Province, Feb. 5, 2009. China raised the drought emergency class Thursday from level two to level one, the highest alert, in response to the worst drought to hit northern China in half a century, according to a State Council meeting.

Chinese leaders urges anti-drought efforts

2009-02-06 03:46:53 GMT Xinhua English Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have ordered all-out efforts to combat the severe drought in the country's vast wheat-growing area to ensure a good summer harvest, a State Council meeting was told Thursday.

Severe drought hits China's grain areas

2009-02-06 03:45:14 GMT Xinhua English Lack of rainfall has led to severe drought in northern China, affecting more than 140 million mu (9.3 million hectares) of wheat, said the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Tuesday.