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Several provinces in China that are experiencing their worst drought in decades are about to be hit by thunderstorms and landslides, according to local media.
The central provinces of Hunan, Anhui and Jiangxi could receive as much as six inches of rain in the next two days, based on local weather reports.
China's National Meteorological Center has warned local authorities and residents to prepare for torrential rains. The state news agency Xinhua has warned of flooding, even in drought-hit areas.
The region is known locally as "the land of rice and fish" due to the number of rice farms and the thousands of fish and crab farms. But while farmers desperately need the rain to save their crops and stock, it may not be enough to make up for the 40-60 percent rain shortfall.