NORTH-EAST China’s Jilin Province, one of the granaries of the nation, is facing major problems as a result of a record drought.
About 2.62 million hectares of farmland, amounting to over two-thirds of Jilin’s farmland, have been affected, according to Qiu Shuqin, an official from the province’s Agricultural Department.
The dry spell has also caused a shortage of drinking water for nearly three million people and 360,000 head of livestock.
The spring drought, which has lasted for almost 100 days, has mainly hit the central and north-western parts of Jilin and Liaoning Province and the western part of Heilongjiang Province.
The rainfall plunged by over 70% to 9.9mm in Changchun district from April 1 to May 10, compared with the same period last year, according to the Jilin Meteorological Bureau.
Most of the rivers, lakes and reservoirs shrank significantly and do not have sufficient supplies of water to get through the drought due to a serious decrease in rainfall and abnormally high temperatures, according to Wang Haiguo, an official from the Hydrology and Water Resource Reconnaissance Department in Jilin.
About 150 of the province’s reservoirs have dried up and 3,200 wells are short of water. – China Daily