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Water to the rescue in Dongxiang

(China Daily)

13:13, October 20, 2011

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BEIJING, Oct. 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Dongxiang county in Northwest China's Gansu province is surrounded by water - but for 28-year-old Ma Qiang, severe drought has been a problem since early childhood.

Today, his job is to do something about the lack of water and improve conditions in the area.

Dongxiang county has access to four rivers but because of its elevation, 740 meters above the water sources, water needs to be pumped up to the villages.

"As long as we have enough water and good roads, the village will get rich quick," says Yang Zengxuan, the chief of Beiling village. Average annual income in the village is currently about 1,300 yuan ($206).

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