Spring drought hits Hubei, lakes shrink drastically

16:16, May 04, 2011      

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Freshwater mussels are seen on a dry lake in Xiaochang County, central China's Hubei Province on May 3, 2011. Central China's Hubei Province has been plagued by a lingering spring drought, which has caused several lakes to shrink drastically. About 150,000 people and 50,000 livestock have had difficulty getting drinking water as a result of the drought. Approximately 1.6 million acres of farmland have been affected by the drought. (Photo by Hao Tongqian, Xinhua)

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By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

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