50,000 Short of Water in South China Drought

AFP reports on the in province:

More than 50,000 people in southern China's Guangdong province are suffering from water shortages as a spreading drought has left farmers' fields dry and cracked, state media reported Sunday.

Guangdong's annual average rainfall this year was 1,400 millimetres, down 13 percent down from previous years, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing drought relief officials.

In Renhua county in Shaoguan city, one of the worst-hit areas, reservoir levels this year have been 78.2 percent of normal levels, Huang Fuyang, deputy head of the county, was quoted as saying.

Cracks can be seen in fields due to drought, the report said, adding that more then 53,000 hectares of farmland had been affected.

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