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Event Details

Drought event report

Category: Drought
Observation: 17.07.2009
Continent: Asia
Country: China
State: Province of Ningxia
Area: Ningxia-wide
Severity: Hight
Event details
Six months of drought and abnormally hot temperatures have completely dried up several reservoirs in Ningxia province, leaving 196,000 people without access to drinking water. Many people have to travel up to 20 miles to get to water. There are also 1.2 million cattle that are affected, mostly goats. Tibet has been similarly affected by drought. The Chinese government has long worried about the affects of drought on the mountainous parts of the country, like Tibet and Ningxia, and has started many projects to alleviate this problem. In particular, the government is attempting to relocate many of the people who do not have access to permanent sources of water and instead rely exclusively on rainwater. However, most of these projects will not be completed until next year. For now, those without water are forced to pay high prices to have it shipped in from further away.
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