Drought in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality is worsening.
The rainfall in Chongqing has decreased dramatically since mid-June, causing great damage to local agriculture.
In Shuishi County, paddy fields are full of cracks due to long-time water shortage. Rice seedlings that were soon to harvest withered in large areas.
Some village leaders are helping farmers to get rid of withered rice and replace it with potatoes and buckwheat. Others deployed pumps and laid up pipelines to lead river and spring water into the paddies.
In the northern Banan District, a new reservoir to be completed by late August will provide drinking water for 96,000 residents and irrigate 2134 hectares of farmland.
According to the agricultural department of Chongqing, the drought has damaged some 142 hectares of farm crops, causing an estimated economic loss of 870 million yuan. More than 780 heads of livestock are having difficulty in finding drinking water, causing a 50-million-yuan economic loss.
Local meteorological department predicted the high temperature and drought are likely to sustain through the whole August.
Meanwhile, in downtown Chongqing, a restaurant laid its tables in a shallow river, so that customers can enjoy their dinner in the cool water.
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