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China drought leaves millions without water

China drought  leaves millions  without water

While parts of China have been rocked by record snowfalls this winter, a drought in northern China has left more than 2 million people without sufficient drinking water, a state news agency said.
The drought has led to loss of arable land, livestock and drinking water, according to the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, the official Xinhua News Agency said late yesterday.
China's south and central areas has been hit by China's worse snow storms in more than 50 years, but in the north 2.43 million people have been left without sufficient drinking water and 11.1 million hectares of arable land and 1.89 million livestock have been affected, Xinhua said.
"The north is suffering from a water shortage as the region's rain and snow declined by 70 percent this winter," Xinhua quoted Zhang Zhitong, vice director of the general office of the headquarters, as saying.
China suffers from an uneven distribution of its water reserves. The north suffers from a lack of water resources compared to the south, but still has to support a growing population and agriculture for growing grain. The government has started building a US$58 billion canal to bring water from the Yangtze River in central China to the arid north, which is expected to be fully completed by 2050.