SHENYANG -- About 4 million people are fighting a
lasting drought that has been affecting almost 2 million people and 65 percent
of the farmland in northeast China's Liaoning and Jilin provinces for nearly a
In Liaoning, more than 1.6 million people and 733,700 head of livestock are
suffering from drinking water shortage, 159 reservoirs have dried up, and 44,507
wells have experienced insufficient water output, according to statistics from
the Liaoning Provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
The drought, the worst to hit Liaoning since records began in 1951, has
affected more than 2 million hectares of farmland, or 65 percent of the
province's total, statistics show.
More than 2 million people have been mobilized to combat the drought in the
In Jilin, 333,500 people and 351,500 head of livestock are facing water
shortage, and the drought has also affected nearly 2.7 million hectares of
farmland, 65 percent of the province's total, according to statistics from the
Jilin Provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.
Jilin has spent nearly 300 million yuan (37.5 million US dollars) for
disaster relief and dispatched about 2 million people to combat the drought.
High temperatures and inadequate rainfall since the beginning of June are
said to be the cause of the drought.