June 26th, 2012 | Shanghai Daily Drought leaves 4.3m people short of drinking water
SEVERE drought has been plaguing areas along the Yellow and Huaihe rivers due to a lack of rain and high temperatures.
Temperature rising to over 35 degrees Celsius in some areas will make the drought worse, the meteorological center said.
Some 4.28 million people and 4.85 million livestock are said to be suffering from a shortage of drinking water in parts of Henan, Anhui, Shandong, Yunnan and Hubei provinces and Inner Mongolia. In Hubei alone, 813,000 people are short of water in about 30 cities, where reservoirs hold 22 percent less than last year.
By Bob Yang