Millions facing water shortage in China

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 29, 2011 07:00 hrs

Over 2.2 million people and 2.7 million livestock are facing a water shortage in many parts of China.

According to the China Daily, some of the wheat-growing regions, including Shandong, Henan, Hebei, Anhui, Shanxi and Jiangsu provinces, have received little rainfall since October.

Over four million hectares of crops across the nation have been plagued by the drought, according to the latest statistics from the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

Water supplies to nearly 1 million residents will cease if the drought in the province lasts until the end of March, disaster prevention officials have warned.

The drought is the worst in six decades, said Yang Zhendong, director of Shandong provincial flood and drought control office.

Officials said some 3.2 million people across the province have been affected by the drought. (ANI)