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Lingering drought plagues SW China province

(Xinhua)

14:24, August 30, 2011

GUIYANG, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- A persistent drought in southwest China's Guizhou Province has created a water shortage for 5.5 million people and 2.8 million livestock, local authorities said.

Nearly 70 of the province's counties and cities have been plagued by the drought, according to a meteorological monitoring report released on Monday.

There will be little rain in Guizhou before mid-September, according to the report. Temperatures above 35 degrees Celsius will persist, exacerbating the effects of the drought, the report said.

The drought, which began in early July, has dried up hundreds of reservoirs and rivers, devastated crops and reduced available supplies of drinking water.

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