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Severe drought continues in N China
Updated: 2009-02-04 16:00

Severe drought conditions will continue in northern China, with no rain forecast for the next ten days. Agriculture authorities have called for a prolonged fight against the three-month dry spell.

There has been no rain since November in northern China, and now millions of hectares of crops are threatened.

Agriculture authorities say the dryness will last for at least another ten days. 60 percent of wheat crops in Henan Province and 70 percent in Anhui Province are in danger of failing.

The Ministry of Agriculture has sent 12 working teams of experts to drought-hit provinces, instructing farmers on drought relief work.

Hebei province is also working hard to take full advantage of water resources coordinating water distribution and choosing optimal times for irrigation. At the same time, emergency funds have been allocated to help farmers get through the difficulties.