CHINA / National

Drink water shortage affects 2m
Updated: 2006-08-07 09:10

BEIJING (AFP) - China's southwest provinces are experiencing a serious drought, with 2.39 million people facing a shortage of drinking water, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The dry spell has descended over Sichuan province, which is located only a few hundred kilometers (miles) from Guizhou region which is currently soaked in torrential rains.

Xinhua news agency said 53 counties were hit by drought in spring, followed by 113 counties during the summer months, affecting not just large numbers of people but also more than three million head of livestock.

By the end of last month, over 60 percent of small-scale irrigation systems in the drought-stricken areas had dried up, resulting in total crop failure on 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) of farmland, Xinhua said.


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