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Drought affects 4.8 million people across China

May 14, 2007

BEIJING, May 15 (Xinhua) -- A drought, stretching across several Chinese provinces has left 4.81 million people and 4.84 million livestock short of drinking water, says the state drought relief headquarters.

Eleven million hectares of crops have been affected by droughtsin Gansu, Hebei, Henan and Liaoning, as well as other provinces in northeastern, northern and northwestern China, said the headquarters.

Drought has caused drinking water shortages for 500,000 people in north China's Hebei Province, said that province's drought relief office.

More than 200 small reservoirs have dried up, the office said.

From May 1 to 13, the average rainfall in Hebei was only eight millimeters or just 55 percent of normal, while the average temperature was 25.7 degrees Celsius, three to five degrees higher than normal.

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