China: Light rain not enough to ease drought

08:27, March 25, 2010      

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Rain fell in Guiyang, Guizhou province, March 20, 2010. But China will still have to take serious measures to combat what some have called the worst drought. (CNS Photo)


China's national meteorological service has forecast some rainfall in the drought-stricken southwestern regions of the country between Wednesday and Friday. But experts fear the light rain will be far from sufficient to ease the water shortage problems in the area.

The forecast expects showers to offer some respite to eastern parts of Guizhou Province. But in most areas, the rainfall will be less than 5 millimeters. The effects will be little on most parts of Yunnan Province, western Guizhou, southern Sichuan, and northwestern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

He Lifu, Chief Forecaster China Meteorological Bureau, said, "Precipitation in southwestern China has been sparse since last September. Six consecutive months of dry weather has caused the worsening situation. Dry weather is not unusual in northern China in spring time; but this year's severe drought in southwestern areas is rare."

Source: CCTV online
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