The Times gives a dramatic account of drought experienced by farmers in Hebei allegedly brought on by the diversion of their water supplies to Beijing for the Olympics:
The blunders began when officials started to worry that Beijing might not have enough water to cope with 500,000 visitors to the Olympics. There was talk of a 30% spike in demand. Their gaze turned to Hebei province, its fields ripe with vegetables, corn and rice, providing a good living for its huge rural population.
August 25, 2008