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Yunnan, Inner Mongolia face drinking water shortages

15 February 2012
More than 3m people in China face a shortage of drinking water because of drought, reported Xinhua. The problem has been caused by a severe lack of rainfall over the winter and insufficient water storage in some parts of the country, said the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

Shortages are most serious in the southwest province of Yunnan and Inner Mongolia autonomous region in north China, where more than 2m people combined have been affected.

However, the amount of farmland and number of people affected by the drought are well below average compared with previous years, the office said.

China plans to spend Rmb1,800bn on water conservation projects in the current five-year plan (2011-15), said Minister of Water Resources, Chen Lei. Out of this total, the central government will spend about Rmb800bn, with the remainder coming from local governments.

The money will be used to relieve droughts and floods, more efficiently allocate water usage, protect water resources and establish a mechanism for the scientific development of water conservation.

     
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