posted on Dec, 28 2004 @ 12:40 AM
China faces a yearly deficit of nearly 40 billion cubic meters of fresh water each year. Also sever pollution nor represents a significant threat to
the population. These reports were issued by the state controlled media. Nearly 400 of 669 cities face water shortages, with over 110 labeled as
serious. The impact also hit China’s agricultural system with drought reducing annual grain production by 28 million tons.
BEIJING, (AFP) - China faces water shortage of 40 billion cubic meters (1,400 billion cubic feet) every year with severe water pollution posing a
threat to the health of millions of people, state media reported.
More than 400 of 669 Chinese cities are facing water shortages, among which the situation in 110 cities was described as "serious", said Xinhua news
agency, quoting Wang Shucheng, Minister of Water Resources.
Some 20 million hectares (49 million acres) of farmland were affected by drought, reducing grain production by 28 million tons, Wang told the Standing
Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature.
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Not surprising, but shocking none the less. According to the report, over 300 million people drink unsafe water. That basically is the population of
the United States. Can you image if all of our water supplies were drastically contaminated? Just over 38 percent of its rivers are safe at this
point. Their economy may be surging, but China is one giant Love Canal waiting to happen.
[edit on 12/28/04 by FredT]