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Autumn drought takes toll in widespread area

CONTINUOUS severe drought over the past month has left more than 1.5 million people short of drinking water and thousands of hectares of cropland damaged in southern and central China.

Chongqing, a city nicknamed "Stove" because of its high temperatures in summer, has reported a lingering autumn drought.

More than 500,000 local residents had run short of drinking water, said Chongqing Municipal Government spokesman Wen Tianping.

Wen said 31 districts and counties had reported drought and as many as 414,000 hectares of cropland in Chongqing had been affected.

In eastern China's Jiangxi Province, more than 370,000 hectares of cropland is suffering from the drought, according to statistics of the provincial flooding and drought relief headquarters.

More than 1,120 reservoirs and 2,100 creeks and rivers have run dry in central Hunan Province, where total rainfall since January has dropped 11.4 percent year on year.



 

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