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Drought in China hits crops, exports affected
Daily Times
“So far this winter, precipitation has been 50 percent to 80 percent less than a normal year in the three provinces, making it difficult for millions of rural residents to find sufficient drinking water,” the newspaper said.

The region should get some rainfall in a few days, but it won’t be enough for rice and other crops in Yunnan, Guangdong, Hainan and other provinces, the China Daily said.

It has taken a heavy toll on crops in China, fuelling expectations of low yields of rice.

In Thailand, where drought has hit 70 of its 76 provinces and affected 8.3 million people, authorities have stopped supplying water for irrigation.
Thailand has spent 2 billion baht ($ 52 million) since October to distribute water and improve pumping systems in remote villages, the interior ministry said.
Drought has forced Thailand, the world’s largest rice exporter, to trim its export estimate this year by 15 percent to 8.5 million tonnes from a year ago.

In Vietnam,rice and corn crops have been damaged in the central highlands.

The Philippines, one of Asia’s largest rice importers, has started building up rice stocks partly due to worries of a supply shortfall due to the El Nino weather pattern.

Local meteorologists have said some parts of the country started to feel the impact of a dry spell caused by El Nino as early as last October.

Other drought-affected countries did not mention El Nino as a factor, but almost all of them are feeling the financial pinch. The drought has already cost millions of dollars in damaged crops and lost exports. Thailand’s losses are estimated at 15 billion baht with another 3 billion baht in lost exports, the agriculture ministry said.
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