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[OS] CHINA/CT/ECON - 290, 000 people short of drinking water amid ongoing drought in C China province

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Date    2011-07-31 19:41:35
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290,000 people short of drinking water amid ongoing drought in C China
province 2011-07-31 20:50:03 FeedbackPrintRSS

YONGZHOU, Hunan, July 31(Xinhua) -- Some 290,000 people are short of
drinking water and 876,000 more are affected as drought persists in the
central province of Hunan, according to local drought relief authorities
Fire engines have been delivering drinking water regularly to residents
who have been cut off drinking water sources in the city of Yongzhou.

The drought has resulted in direct economic losses of 764 million yuan
(118.42 million U.S. dollars), about 90 percent of which is agricultural

So far, the dry spell has left more than 94,526 hectares of crops
affected, including 16,667 hectares of which ruined.

"Rice usually grows well at this time of the year, and I was expecting to
harvest 500 kilograms per mu (1/15 hectare) in 20 days. Now I have
nothing," said Shen Tongfa, a villager in the Zhumei Village of Xintian

In the neighboring Dapingtang Village, Zhang Cuizhi said people had to
drive motorcycles to rivers that are more than five kilometers away to
wash clothes each five or six days, because of water shortage.

Pointing at her grandson, she said, "his clothes have been so dirty, but
we have no water to wash."

In the county that Zhang lives, villagers have been forced to queue up to
fetch limited amount of water, which is full of sediments, from a
long-abandoned well.

"The water stinks, and we have to boil it for hours before drinking,"
Zhang said.

Most parts of Yongzhou city received an average rainfall of 639.8 mm this
year, 38 percent less than the recorded average during the same period in
previous years, according to figures released by the city's flood control
and drought relief headquarters.

The city has also reported insufficient water storage, which is likely to
bring difficulties to farmers to grow the next round of rice. Yongzhou
currently stores 780 million cubic meters of water, 32.2 percent less than
the average of previous years.
Editor: Mo Hong'e
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