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Perpetual drought
Updated: 2005-02-19 10:02

A woman in Longhua District, Haikou the capital of China's southernmost province of Hainan, looks on Friday at her crops, which have been ruined by the drought affecting the island since last summer. The drought has hit 180,000 hectares of crops on some 43 per cent of the province's cultivated land. More than 291,000 people are also experiencing some difficulty in obtaining drinking water. [newsphoto]