Drought in several provinces in China have led to a shortage of drinking water, which affects 2.2 million people in China, said Deputy Director of the State Headquarters for Flood Control and Drought Chen Lei in an interview with Xinhua.
According to officials in the provinces of Henan, Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Anhui and Shaanxi in recent months has fallen to 20-90% less rainfall than the average drop in the same period of the year. Shortage of drinking water have about 2.2 million people, including difficulties with supplies water to a number of cities in the basin of the Yellow River, Huaihe and Haihe.
As a result, in jeopardy winter wheat crop, particularly in the provinces of Shandong and Henan. All suffer from the drought 4 million hectares of farmland. "The authorities at all levels must recognize the seriousness of the problem and to increase efforts to combat drought," — said Chen Lei.
In December 2010, the Chinese government announced a sharp increase in 2011, investment in irrigation and hydraulic structures to ensure a reliable water supply for the country. Investments for these purposes should be increased by 10% and have reached 200 billion yuan (30 billion dollars).