China Drought Leaves 17 Million Without Water – Reuters
From Reuters via the New York Times:
About 17 million people in southwest China don’t have access to clean drinking water due to sustained drought, state media reported on Sunday.
Crops on large tracts of farmland in Sichuan province and the nearby Chongqing municipality have withered due to the month-long drought, causing economic losses of 9.23 billion yuan ($1.15 billion), the Beijing News and the Xinhua news agency said. [Full Text]
Also see, even more importantly, Drought, pollution could jeopardize water-transfer scheme by Three Gorges Probe news service in 2003
Record-low water levels in the Yangtze caused an oil tanker to run aground and disrupted shipping in large sections of the river this week. The severe drought, along with worsening pollution in a major Yangtze tributary, raise serious concerns about the scheme launched late last year to transfer water from the region to China’s parched north.