China Droughts Leads to Drinking Water Shortages

CHONGQING, China, Sept. 19 (UPI) — A severe drought has led to a shortage of drinking water for 1.5 million people in south and central China, a government spokesman said.

Of these, more than 1.02 million are in Hunan, where more than 1,120 reservoirs and 2,100 creeks and rivers ran dry, and a half-million are in Chongqing, officials said.

The drought over the past month also has damaged 22 million acres of crops around the city of Chongqing, said Wen Tianping, a government spokesman.

Government officials are attempting to induce precipitation. The Hunan Meteorological Bureau said 2,335 cloud-seeding rockets have been used since August to try to increase the chance of rain.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

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