30 May '11, 12am

No end in sight for China drought that has affected 35 million people & caused losses of about $3b so far

BEIJING - THE drought that has affected 35 million people and caused an economic loss of almost 15 billion yuan (S$2.9 billion) in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River is a persistent "yellow alarm", the National Meteorological Center said on Sunday. China's meteorological disaster alerts are categorized as blue, yellow, orange and red as the severity increases. The observatory said the dry weather will continue over the next few days in provinces and municipalities in the area despite some scattered showers. Since early January, precipitation in Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan provinces has been about 40 per cent to 60 per cent less than the same period last year, causing a 60-day drought, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. China's two largest fresh water lakes - Dongting Lake in Hunan and Poyang Lake in Jiangxi - are both drying up dramatic...

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