Typhoon season may be battering the coasts, but northern China and Inner Mongolia are parched for lack of rain. Between Aug.1st and Aug.16th, the area had just 50 mm of rain, with some places getting less than 10 mm as hot, dry weather carried on from July. Liaoning, Jilin and Inner Mongolia are experiencing the worst drought conditions in nearly 60 years with rain fall at 10%, 20% and 40% of normal levels respectively. Moderate drought areas are turning into serious ones in western Jilin, eastern and central Liaoning and southeastern Inner Mongolia.
Xinhua reports that emergency drinking water supplies are being shipped in for the 1.5 million of the region’s 3.9 million inhabitants worst affected. Authorities are also irrigating 47 million mu (3.13 million hectares) of crops. Late last week, the Ministry of Agriculture said 125 million mu of crops were at risk. Along with Heilongjiang and Shanxi, Liaoning, Jilin, and Inner Mongolia produce about a third of the country’s winter grain.
Update: There is rain in the forecast for the next few days.