A prolonged drought in northwest China’s Xinjiang has left about 200,000 people in need of emergency aid, including drinking water, said the region’s civil affairs department Saturday [23 August 2014]. In seven counties of the Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Ili in northern Xinjiang, more than half a million people and 3.46 million head of livestock have been affected…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2014

Key Point

  • According to the article, as a result of the drought (since May there has been 50% less rainfall than normal, Xinjiang has suffered from US$700 million in losses stemming from damages to 287,000 ha of crops and 22.8 million mu (~1.52 million ha) of pastureland.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In early August 2014, it was reported that Qapqal Xibe autonomous county (Ili valley), northern Xinjiang, was severely affected by drought.

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