The persistent drought in Hubei, a leading grain growing province, has left a quarter of its small reservoirs unusable. Water levels are also dangerously low in the Dajjiangkou reservoir, a part of the south-to-north water diversion project and which is fed by the Han River, shown in the photograph above. More than 300,000 people in Hubei are short of drinking water, according to state media. Some 830,000 hectares of farmland have been affected. Officials also say that water levels are at record lows in the middle section of Yangtze River that passes through Hubei and neighboring Jiangxi (the Han, shown above, flows into the Yangtze at Hubei’s provincial capital, Wuhan). Drought, caused by far lower than normal rainfall because of a La Nina in the Pacific, is also affecting Hunan, Guangdong, Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangxi.