Some 500,000 people in China's northern province of Hebei are suffering from
a shortage of drinking water following a drought that began late last year, the
official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.
Quoting local water conservation authorities, the agency said more than 200
small reservoirs had dried up in Hebei.
Sources at the provincial bureau of agriculture said the water shortage was
affecting farmland in Hebei, one of China's major wheat and corn growing
It was also affecting hydro-power generation, the news agency said.
Last month it was reported that a drought in southwestern China could
continue well into April, affecting nearly 10 million people and 9 million