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Floods, droughts highlight water challenges

2011-01-30 08:03:27 GMT2011-01-30 16:03:27(Beijing Time)  China Daily

A farmer (L) fetches water from an irrigation well in Heze, East China's Shandong province on Jan 24. [Photo/Xinhua]

This file photo taken on March 23, 2010, shows people in Wenqian village of Dongshan county receiving water at a temporary supply station in South China's Guangxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

A file photo taken on June 20, 2010, shows a resident walking along a flooded road in Yujiang county in East China's Jiangxi province. [Photo/Xinhua]

This file photo taken on April 5, 2010, shows people of Sanbao village of Sanbao township carrying barrels to a temporary water supply location in Tian'e county in South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. The area suffered a severe drought from August 2009 until April 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

China will strive to improve the country's underdeveloped water conservancy works over the next five to 10 years, according to a document issued jointly by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council, China's cabinet on Saturday.

For thousands of years, China has been plagued by floods and droughts and, in recent years, their numbers have intensified.

Recently, East China's Shangdong province is suffering its worst dry season in six decades, and South China's provinces have experienced a month-long period of freezing rains and snows.

The extreme weather has accelerated the country's efforts to conserve more water and promote the sustainable use of water resources to improve the country's basic capabilities in disaster prevention and mitigation.

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