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Drought Cuts Drinking Water for 230,000 In an Area of China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 18, 2011

FRom the chinadaily

“NANCHANG – More than 230,000 people in East China’s Jiangxi province are short of drinking water amid an ongoing drought, according to local authorities. …The drought that began plaguing Jiangxi in the spring this year continued into the summer, which was rare in recent years in the province, the spokesman added….Further, during the first four months this year, the province received an average rainfall that was only half of that recorded during the same period in previous years, according to figures released by the headquarters….Since May, five cities in northern Jiangxi have seen a 70 percent plunge in precipitations compared with that recorded during the same period in normal years…….
Also, a total of 131 large and medium-sized pumping stations in northern Jiangxi failed to function properly due to low water levels in rivers and lakes, said the spokesman.

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