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Drought-hit China

<p>A farmer wades through what water remains in the Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. Almost 35 million people across five provinces on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze have been affected to different degrees by the drought, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs said last week. That number includes 4.2 million who have difficulty getting drinkable water. Direct economic losses are nearing 15 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), it said. Farmers said they would need generous rainfall in coming weeks, or the first of their two annual rice crops could wither and die, and more of the thousands of fish and crab farms could lose all their stock. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A farmer wades through what water remains in the Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. Almost 35 million people across five provinces on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze have been affected...more

A farmer wades through what water remains in the Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. Almost 35 million people across five provinces on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze have been affected to different degrees by the drought, the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs said last week. That number includes 4.2 million who have difficulty getting drinkable water. Direct economic losses are nearing 15 billion yuan ($2.3 billion), it said. Farmers said they would need generous rainfall in coming weeks, or the first of their two annual rice crops could wither and die, and more of the thousands of fish and crab farms could lose all their stock. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A boat is seen stranded on the cracked bed of a dried area of Xieshan, which is part of Poyang Lake in east China's Jiangxi Province May 4, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily </p>

A boat is seen stranded on the cracked bed of a dried area of Xieshan, which is part of Poyang Lake in east China's Jiangxi Province May 4, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

A boat is seen stranded on the cracked bed of a dried area of Xieshan, which is part of Poyang Lake in east China's Jiangxi Province May 4, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>A boy throws a spear made of bamboo at the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A boy throws a spear made of bamboo at the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy throws a spear made of bamboo at the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A farmer washes his face in a paddy field after digging a well near the town of Pao Ma village, which translates to "Running Horse", in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A farmer washes his face in a paddy field after digging a well near the town of Pao Ma village, which translates to "Running Horse", in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

A farmer washes his face in a paddy field after digging a well near the town of Pao Ma village, which translates to "Running Horse", in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A fishing boat and a houseboat (background) lie stranded among fishing net poles at a dried-up portion of Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A fishing boat and a houseboat (background) lie stranded among fishing net poles at a dried-up portion of Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

A fishing boat and a houseboat (background) lie stranded among fishing net poles at a dried-up portion of Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A man walks past residents collecting snails at the partially dried-up Guihu Lake in Wuhu, Anhui province May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A man walks past residents collecting snails at the partially dried-up Guihu Lake in Wuhu, Anhui province May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A man walks past residents collecting snails at the partially dried-up Guihu Lake in Wuhu, Anhui province May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A broken wind power generator is seen above abandoned boats which used to serve as the dwelling of local fishermen amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A broken wind power generator is seen above abandoned boats which used to serve as the dwelling of local fishermen amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A broken wind power generator is seen above abandoned boats which used to serve as the dwelling of local fishermen amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A farmer's hat is seen on a dried-up portion of an irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, as a fisherman manoeuvres his boat with a pole on the canal near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A farmer's hat is seen on a dried-up portion of an irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, as a fisherman manoeuvres his boat with a pole on the canal near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

A farmer's hat is seen on a dried-up portion of an irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, as a fisherman manoeuvres his boat with a pole on the canal near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A 95-year-old woman watches fishermen on an almost dried-up irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011.  REUTERS/David Gray </p>

A 95-year-old woman watches fishermen on an almost dried-up irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

A 95-year-old woman watches fishermen on an almost dried-up irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Workers on river-boats fill bags of gravel after removing it from the banks of the near-empty Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Workers on river-boats fill bags of gravel after removing it from the banks of the near-empty Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

Workers on river-boats fill bags of gravel after removing it from the banks of the near-empty Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>A dead fish lies in the dried-up bank of the Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011.  REUTERS/David Gray</p>

A dead fish lies in the dried-up bank of the Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

A dead fish lies in the dried-up bank of the Neijing River, near the city of Honghu in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Water-level gauges are seen in front of stranded boats and fishing net poles, which are normally almost completely underwater at this time of the year, at Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011.  REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Water-level gauges are seen in front of stranded boats and fishing net poles, which are normally almost completely underwater at this time of the year, at Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David...more

Water-level gauges are seen in front of stranded boats and fishing net poles, which are normally almost completely underwater at this time of the year, at Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Fisherman Xiao Gonggus and his wife Wang Guzhun push their fishing boat through an almost dried-up irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Fisherman Xiao Gonggus and his wife Wang Guzhun push their fishing boat through an almost dried-up irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

Fisherman Xiao Gonggus and his wife Wang Guzhun push their fishing boat through an almost dried-up irrigation canal leading from Honghu Lake, near Honghu city in central China's Hubei province, May 29, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Rice and crab farmer Pi Xiaozhen, wearing a traditional cone-shaped Chinese farming hat, readies herself to jump off a boat floating on a pond used to raise crabs near the village of Wanghu, in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011.  REUTERS/David Gray </p>

Rice and crab farmer Pi Xiaozhen, wearing a traditional cone-shaped Chinese farming hat, readies herself to jump off a boat floating on a pond used to raise crabs near the village of Wanghu, in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. ...more

Rice and crab farmer Pi Xiaozhen, wearing a traditional cone-shaped Chinese farming hat, readies herself to jump off a boat floating on a pond used to raise crabs near the village of Wanghu, in central China's Hubei Province May 30, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Fishermen push a boat which is stranded in a small muddy stream amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Fishermen push a boat which is stranded in a small muddy stream amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Fishermen push a boat which is stranded in a small muddy stream amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 28, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>Plant sprouts are seen as small streams of water travel in the cracks of the dried-up river channel at a branch of Hanjiang River in Wuhan, Hubei province May 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

Plant sprouts are seen as small streams of water travel in the cracks of the dried-up river channel at a branch of Hanjiang River in Wuhan, Hubei province May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

Plant sprouts are seen as small streams of water travel in the cracks of the dried-up river channel at a branch of Hanjiang River in Wuhan, Hubei province May 25, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A fisherman tries to paddle his boat through a small stream amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A fisherman tries to paddle his boat through a small stream amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A fisherman tries to paddle his boat through a small stream amid the partially dried-up Honghu Lake in Honghu, Hubei province May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man walks on a river shoal, which appeared after the water level of the Yangtze River declined, as the city of Wuhan is seen in the background, in Wuhan, Hubei province May 26, 2011.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A man walks on a river shoal, which appeared after the water level of the Yangtze River declined, as the city of Wuhan is seen in the background, in Wuhan, Hubei province May 26, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

A man walks on a river shoal, which appeared after the water level of the Yangtze River declined, as the city of Wuhan is seen in the background, in Wuhan, Hubei province May 26, 2011. REUTERS/Stringer

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