Drought crippling southwest China

Over 50 million people are affected by a severe drought in southwest China, according to Xinhua, the nation’s state media. The lack of rain and unseasonably high temperatures has also left 16 million people without easy access to drinking water.

Since last autumn many regions have received only half their usual rainfall. The nation expects that nearly a million hectares will not produce crops due to the drought, while some rivers have dried up completely.

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