Hundreds of thousands of people are short of drinking water in northeast China’s Liaoning Province as it suffers one of its most severe droughts in history. Liaoning has seen high temperatures and dry conditions since the start of July, with rainfall at its lowest since records began in 1951. The provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said on Friday [24 July 2015] that some 248,500 people and 25,700 heads of large farm animals are short of water…Full Article: China Daily July 2015

Key Point

  • The drought has reportedly been caused the El Niño weather phenomenon. China will allocate CNY 135 million (US$21.7 million) to fight the drought.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In August 2014, Liaoning province suffered from a drought owing to poor rainfall (July to August). An estimated that 7.07 million mu (~471,333 ha) of crops were destroyed in Liaoning, with a net loss of 5 million MTs of foodstuffs. The 2014 drought also affected Sichuan, Guangxi, Fujian, Henan, Hubei, Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Jilin.
  • El Niño describes the phenomenon when sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean becomes unusually warm. El Niño can adversely affect the amount of rainfall Pacific coast countries receive and last appeared in 2010.

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