4 million in China suffering from drought

16:07, May 20, 2011      

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As of May 18, 65,300 square kilometers of farmlands suffer from drought, mainly in Hubei, Gansu, Jiangxi and Hunan Provinces, severely affecting 4.2 million people, 3.2 million large livestock and 22,000 square kilometers of crops, according to the Chinese Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

This year, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River saw significant declines in precipitation, hitting the lowest level seen in the last 60 years. As the main flood period came, the amount of rainfall continually declined by 40 percent to 60 percent. As a result, the water levels of the Yangtze River hit record lows.

Facing the current severe drought, the central government has taken a number of measures.
First, the drought situation should be under close surveillance. Second, drought relief work should be deployed based on an overall analysis of the current situation.

Third, technical support should be offered. Since April 15, 12 delegations have been sent to Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Shanxi, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shanxi Provinces to guide local drought relief.

Fourth, financial support should be strengthened. This year, the central government has spent about 2 billion yuan on drought-resistant subsidies.

Fifth, relief equipment supplies should be ensured. On May 18 and May 19, China's drought-control headquarters sent water pumps, diesel-fueled power generations and water transportation facilities to Hubei and Hunan Provinces.

Sixth, large-scale hydraulic projects, such as the Three Gorges, should be operated and coordinated in a scientific way to ensure merchant shipping and to combat droughts on the middle and lower reaches.

Presently, the water levels of the Dongting Lake, the Poyang Lake, the Xiangjiang River, and the Ganjiang River have gradually risen up, easing the water tension of the coastal cities.

4 million in China suffering from drought

As of May 18, 65,300 square kilometers of farmlands suffer from drought, mainly in Hubei, Gansu, Jiangxi and Hunan Provinces, severely affecting 4.2 million people, 3.2 million large livestock and 22,000 square kilometers of crops, according to the Chinese Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

This year, the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River saw significant declines in precipitation, hitting the lowest level seen in the last 60 years. As the main flood period came, the amount of rainfall continually declined by 40 percent to 60 percent. As a result, the water levels of the Yangtze River hit record lows.

Facing the current severe drought, the central government has taken a number of measures.
First, the drought situation should be under close surveillance. Second, drought relief work should be deployed based on an overall analysis of the current situation.

Third, technical support should be offered. Since April 15, 12 delegations have been sent to Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Shanxi, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Shanxi Provinces to guide local drought relief.

Fourth, financial support should be strengthened. This year, the central government has spent about 2 billion yuan on drought-resistant subsidies.

Fifth, relief equipment supplies should be ensured. On May 18 and May 19, China's drought-control headquarters sent water pumps, diesel-fueled power generations and water transportation facilities to Hubei and Hunan Provinces.

Sixth, large-scale hydraulic projects, such as the Three Gorges, should be operated and coordinated in a scientific way to ensure merchant shipping and to combat droughts on the middle and lower reaches.

Presently, the water levels of the Dongting Lake, the Poyang Lake, the Xiangjiang River, and the Ganjiang River have gradually risen up, easing the water tension of the coastal cities.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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