(0530 CR M01)LINGERING DROUGHT AFFECTS 35 MLN

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(0530 CR M01)LINGERING DROUGHT AFFECTS 35 MLN DATELINE: May 30, 2011 LENGTH: 00:02:26 PKG INTRO The persistent drought in central and southeast China has affected almost 35 million people. The National Meteorological Center kept its "yellow alert" for the drought, meaning there will be still no substantial precipitation in the coming days in these regions. China Report has the details. PKG The lingering drought has battered the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River for almost two months. The dry spell is most serious in the five provinces of Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei and Hunan. According to the latest government figures, in these regions, almost 35 million people have been affected with an estimated loss of over 2.3 billion U.S. dollars. Among them, about four million are experiencing difficulties in finding drinking water and five million are in need of assistance. On Sunday afternoon, China initiated a fourth-level emergency response plan, the lowest in the co Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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