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China's drought slightly eased by rainfall

China's drought has been slightly eased by rainfall in four drought-hit provinces, an official of the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said today.

E Jingping, secretary-general of the office, said at press conference that moderate or slight rainfall has eased water shortage for 960,000 people and 24.37 million mu (1.62 million hectares) of farmland.

Currently, 136 million mu of farmland still suffer from drought. 3.46 million people, 1.66 million heads of livestock face water shortage.


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