Southwest China: Intense Drought
A persistent drought is gripping much of southwest China, leading to drinking water shortages and millions of acres of lost crops. Rivers have dried up and herd animals languish in dust bowls that used to be watering holes.
A China News report lists Guizhou, Yunan, Guangxi and Sichuan as the four provinces hardest hit by the drought. According to state-run Xinhua news, the drought-affected areas have lost more than a billion and a half dollars in revenue. And with no rain in the forecast for the coming weeks, things are looking to get even worse.
Individual water use is now subject to a strict quota, and companies that consume large quantities of water are being shut down.
Critics of China’s unhampered economic expansion say the lack of environmental controls are responsible for the drought.