Sichuan sees widest-reaching drought in two decades
2013-03-22 13:10:50 Source:
According to the provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief
Headquarters, dry weather and rising temperatures from February 18 to March 10
have expanded the drought to 15 cities and prefectures across the province.
The cities of Kunming, Yuxi, Chuxiong and Dali for four consecutive
years have undergone drought conditions, the headquarters said.
Villagers need to drive 5 kilometers to buy water, as the reservoirs and
ponds have all dried up in Dabaihu Village in Yanshan County of the Zhuang-Miao
Autonomous Prefecture of Wenshan.
"It costs ($4) to buy one cubic meter
of water. My family is not rich, so we could only buy ($64) worth of water each
time, but we spent almost ($320) buying water last winter. We have no idea how
our lives will go on if it won't rain," Wang Jiancheng, a villager of Dabaihu
Lingering drought has also had an impact upon western parts of
neighboring Guizhou Province, where more than 910,000 people, 130,000 heads of
livestock and 51,400 hectares of crops have been affected.
southwest China's Sichuan Province in the meantime has seen the widest-reaching
drought in two decades.
As of March 15, 126 counties in 12 cities and
prefectures had been hit by the winter-spring drought, with 715,200 people and
789,400 heads of livestock short of drinking water, according to the provincial
drought relief office.
Relevant departments in those provinces have
taken action to ensure people's water supplies, protect crops and reduce