Drought affects 250,000 people in Chifeng of Inner Mongolia

13:56, April 11, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

As a massive drought is plaguing most parts of southwest China, the dry spell is also spreading to many areas of the country's north.

More than 250,000 people are short of drinking water in the sparsely populated Chifeng City of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

More than 272,800 cattle also lack drinking water, an official with the municipal water conservancy bureau told Xinhua Saturday.

The nine major reservoirs in the city of 90,000 square kiloters in territory just hold 91.75 million cubic meters of water, down 73.7 percent from the same time last year.

Adding to the woe, 62 percent of the city's mid- and small-sized reservoirs have dried up, the official said.

Major rivers also see a decrease of 77.4 percent in water volume.

Even though Chifeng city has suffered from successive years of drought since 1999, this year's has been the gravest in the past decade, the official said.

The government has mobilized more than 626,300 people in the drought relief work, with more than 30.33 million yuan (about 4.46 million U.S. dollars) of special-use fund, the official said.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based eastday.com reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion