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Winners for General News Stories: Floods and droughts in south China

By Wang He (

18:05, March 26, 2012

Floods and droughts in south China caused by the La Nina phenomenon has brought about series damages. In 2011, under the effects of La Nina Phenomenon, extreme weathers appeared frequently in China and the Southern China suffered from a sudden turn from drought to flood. The drought outbroke in April, 2011, covering the 94.5% area in the middle and lower reaches of the Yantze River. The water level of some shipping channels on the Yangtze River dropped to 15 metres. Tens of millions arcs of farmland were dried up. 1300 reservoirs in Hubei province were at the “level of dead water”. More than 3.29 million people had difficulties to get drinking water. While in June, 2011, strong and continuous rainfalls began to hit the same area, causing the sudden turn from drought to flood and resulting huge economic loss and human casualties.

The 8th China International Press Photo Contest
General News Stories - Silver Prize
Floods and droughts in south China
Plant sprouts are seen as small streams of water travel in the cracks of the dried-up river channel at a branch of Hanjiang River in Wuhan, China's Hubei province, May 25, 2011.

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