Drought affects 5.7 million people in Central China’s Hubei

A severe drought since June had affected more than 5.7 million people in Central China’s Hubei province as of Friday, according to the provincial emergency management department.

Drought affects 5.7 million people in Central China's Hubei

Central China’s Hubei, A severe drought since June had affected more than 5.7 million people in Central China’s Hubei province as of Friday, according to the provincial emergency management department. As of 3 pm Friday, drought conditions triggered by sustained hot weather and low precipitation had impacted 84 county-level areas in the province. In addition, a total of 218,100 people had difficulties accessing drinking water, while 690,470 hectares of crops had been damaged due to the drought. To cope with the situation, Hubei activated a level-IV emergency response for natural disaster relief at 5 pm Friday, the lowest level. The provincial emergency management department has also dispatched working groups to affected areas to guide local drought relief efforts.

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