Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Drought affects 24 million in China

The NDRC has also organised meetings to analyse the causes of drought and work out relief measures


Drought affects 24 million in China (© Reuters)

Beijing: Nearly 24 million people have been affected by drought in China's various provinces since last October while causing a big financial loss to the government, authorities said.

The drought has affected 23.7 million people living in Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan provinces till date, causing economic losses of more than $1.1 billion, Xinhua quoted civil affairs authorities as saying.

The National Disaster Reduction Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Civil Affairs initiated an emergency response to the drought yesterday and sent work teams to aid in disaster relief.

The NDRC has also organised meetings to analyse the causes of drought and work out relief measures.

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