03 September 1997
China drought worst in 20 years

CHINA is preparing itself for a potential disaster after the worst drought in two decades, which is threatening its autumn harvest.

The State Drought Relief Headquarters and the Ministry of Water Resources have urged provincial governments to prepare for “an extremely long period of difficulties”.

Chinese officials said anti-drought measures had saved six million tons of crops and 360,000 tons of fruit.

  • The Daily Telegraph 03/09/97 page 16