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Prolonged drought drives up flower prices in Yunnan

By : Xinhua|Updated: 2010-03-22

The drought, which wreaks havoc in Yunnan, is likely to be the worst one in a century. It has left nearly 8 million people short of drinking water and cutting by half the harvests of many economic plants including fruits, tea, rubber, coffee and flower.

In the neighboring Guizhou Province, the drought has cut irrigation for 830,000 hectares of cropland and affected almost 17.28 million people, including 5.57 million suffering water shortages, according to the Guizhou provincial government.

More than 3.1 million impoverished population in the rural area are short of grain supply due to poor spring harvest. The situation is expected to worsen in summer if the drought keeps cutting down grain output, said Zhen Yanchi, vice director with the Guizhou civil affairs administration.

The province has reported 2.88 billion yuan in direct economic loss triggered by the drought.

China's State Commission of Disaster Relief said Friday that severe drought has affected 51 million Chinese and left more than 16 million people and 11 million livestock with drinking water shortages.

Since autumn last year, southwest China, including Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chongqing Municipality, has received only half its annual average rainfall and water stores are depleted.

 

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