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Water in short supply in parts of eastern China

By the CNN Wire Staff
This picture taken on January 28, 2011 shows a Chinese farmer holding dried vegetable seedlings at his drought-striken fields in Zhouping, east China's Shandong province.
This picture taken on January 28, 2011 shows a Chinese farmer holding dried vegetable seedlings at his drought-striken fields in Zhouping, east China's Shandong province.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jiangxi Province has received half its normal rainfall in 2011
  • The province is in the midst of a months-long drought
RELATED TOPICS
  • China
  • Jiangxi Province

Beijing (CNN) -- Drinking water is in short supply in parts of eastern China where a months-long drought has reservoirs tapped, state-run media reported.

More than 230,000 people -- mostly in rural areas of Jiangxi Province -- are bearing the brunt of the water shortage, the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said Tuesday.

For the first four months of 2011, the province has received about half its normal rainfall, the agency said.

 
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