A drought in many parts of China, including Beijing, is threatening drinking water supplies, crops, and food prices, BBC reports:
Shandong province is experiencing its driest weather for 60 years.
Half the wheat-growing land there is affected, while almost a quarter of a million people face drinking water shortages, the China Daily said.
Beijing has also been experiencing its longest dry spell for more than 30 years, another state daily said.
The Chinese capital has had no significant rainfall for three months, the Beijing Times reported.
Analysts say this drought is likely to put further pressure on food prices, which have been rising sharply for months.