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32 counties in Guizhou face serious drought

(People's Daily Online)

13:37, August 18, 2011

On Aug.17 in Guangzhao village of Guizhou province, an area hit by a heavy drought, a farmer holds a stalk of corn that has failed to produce grain because of the drought. According to the statistics of the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters of Guizhou province, the August drought has persisted and worsened in most parts of Guizhou province.

As of Aug. 12, 10,440 square kilometers of crops have been affected, and more than 3 million people as well as nearly 1.3 million heads of livestock have temporary difficulties accessing drinking water. As of Aug. 17, monitoring in Guizhou province shows that 14 counties are suffering from intensely serious drought, 18 counties are affected by serious drought and 31 counties face a moderate drought situation. It has been forecasted that in the next two days the drought will continue to develop in most parts of Guizhou province. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

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