China's drought-plagued provinces to embrace rainfalls: forecast

11:00, June 03, 2011      

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The worst drought which hit provinces along the lower and middle reaches of the Yangtze River in 50 years will be eased as rains are forecast in the region over the following three days.

Moderate to heavy rains will pound the souther part of Hubei Province, northern part of Hunan Province, northern part of Jiangxi Province, most parts of Zhejiang Province and southern parts of Jiangsu and Anhui provinces from June 3 to June 5, the China Meteorological Administration said Friday in a statement on its website. Certain parts will experience rainstorms, it added.

The rainfall will alleviate drought in the provinces "to various extent", it said. The severe drought started in April and resulted in lack of drinking water for millions of people in the five provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, and Hunan.

The authority also said light to moderate rains or showers will fall on China's southwestern regions from June 3 to 5. The eastern and southern parts of Guizhou Province will see heavy rains or rainstorms, the statement said.

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