Major drought hits central China
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The volume of water in Poyang lake in Jiangxi province, normally 100 miles-long and 10 miles-wide, is now a tenth of its normal level, according to Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency.Even in China's command economy this kind of shortage has been driving up prices, including those for vegetable. The Chinese may be forced to buy more US grain and protein products like Chicken and fish.
Fishing boats and house boats have been left stranded on a vast stretch of the lake bed, now a lush grassland.
The drought, which has seen no rainfall for two months, has struck the central Chinese provinces that are known as the country's "home of rice and fish".
Almost half of all the country's rice fields have been affected and four million people do not have access to drinking water.