On Thursday, local media reported, citing data from the Ministry of Water Resources of China. According to authorities, so far from the drought affected 3.28 million people. Lack of water is observed in the provinces of Shanxi, Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Gansu and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, reports RIA "Novosti".
The lack of water seriously complicates life to agriculture, where the drought, which began last fall, suffer almost 3 million heads of livestock krupnorogatogo. Drought only covered eight provinces of the country in which there are 5.6 million hectares of agricultural land, which accounts for up to 80% of China's winter wheat.
According to the head of the Ministry of Water Resources Chen Lei, February's increase in temperature led to a worsening of the drought, despite periodic falls in the disaster regions numerically small rainfall.
To fight the drought government allocated millions funds. In particular, in the people's Bank of China (performs the functions of the Central Bank), has ordered the allocation of 10 billion yuan (1.5 billion dollars) in loans to financial institutions as the eight most drought-stricken regions.
It is planned that these funds will be used to provide soft loans to local farmers to recover from the disaster.