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Bitter drought ravages southwest China

(People's Daily Online)

15:46, February 14, 2012

The photo taken on Feb. 9, 2012 shows an old lady named Zhao Xiangxiang who is carrying more than 20 kilograms of water to irrigate her walnut trees in Dongchuan district, Kunming of southwest China's Yunnan Province. She does it every day. (CFP/ Fu Xinhua)

Edited and translated by Ye Xin, People's Daily Online

As of Feb. 6, the drought has left 60,000 people in Dongchuan short of drinking water, making a total of 22,002 people and 10,277 livestock depend on trucks that transport drinking water. In addition, 58 square kilometers of woodland has been affected; a total of 552 water cellars and 16 dams have dried up.

Due to the continuous drought, more than 50 people in a village named Hamajing in Dongchuan have had to carry water themselves and depend on water-sending trucks for three years.

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