Severe drought expands in S China region   2010-03-29 13:00:53 FeedbackPrintRSS

NANNING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The severe drought in south China had spread to two more cities in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local authorities said Monday.

Liuzhou and Laibin cities were now part of the worst-hit areas, as the drought continued to intensify, said a spokesman with the regional flood control and drought relief headquarters.

In Liuzhou City, more than 132,500 people and 44,100 livestock were short of drinking water. The drought also affected the irrigation of 64,393 hectares of cropland, he said.

In Laibin City, 106,000 people and 72,000 livestock lacked adequate supplies of drinking water, and more than 70,400 hectares of cropland was without water, the spokesman added.


Rain expected in China's drought-hit areas in next three days

BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Cold weather would bring rain to China's drought-hit southwest areas in the next two days, but the prolonged dry spell was forecasted to linger, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC) Monday.

Moderate to light rains would sweep most parts of Yunnan Province, the southern areas in Guizhou Province, the southern part of the plateau in western Sichuan Province, and northwestern areas in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said the NMC.Full story

China steps up artificial rain production in drought-hit southwest

BEIJING, March 28 (Xinhua) -- China's cloud seeding efforts have partly eased the severe droughts in southwestern regions, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said Sunday.

Meteorological working groups have been sent to the southwestern China since March 26. Artificial rainfall has moistened parts of Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chongqing Municipality, according to the CMA.  Full story

Drought in southwestern China caused by climate change

BEIJING, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Meteorologists have attributed the once-in-a-century drought parching southwest China to climate change.

The drought has left more than 18 million residents and 11.7 million head of livestock suffering drinking-water shortages over a region encompassing the southwestern provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the municipality of Chongqing, data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs showed.  Full story

Cloud seeding brings rainfall to drought-hit SW China province

KUNMING, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Artificial rainfall brought some relief to parched Yunnan Province on Saturday as a severe drought ravages southwest China, local authorities said.

Induced by cloud seeding, drizzles, moderate rain, and downpours helped alleviate the drought in 11 cities, prefectures and counties, including Kunming, Chuxiong and Xishuangbanna between 8 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, Ma Lianxiang, chief weather forecaster of the provincial meteorological bureau, said.  Full story

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