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Tibet faces worst drought in 30 years

world Updated: Jun 20, 2009 17:23 IST

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Tibet is facing the worst drought in 30 years which has affected 15.3 per cent of remote plateau, damaging thousands of hecatres of land and killing 13,601 head of cattle, authorities said on Saturday.

Nine meteorological centers in Tibet have not seen substantial rain for 226 consecutive days, Xinhua news agency quoted Zhao Yiping, head of the Tibet Regional Meteorological Bureau, as saying.

Higher than normal temperature has worsen the situation. This year Tibet has experienced 0.4 to 2.3 Celsius degrees higher temperature than normal, Zhao said.

Prolonged drought has hit 33 counties, 15.3 per cent of Tibet's total, in five of the six prefectures in Tibet, the regional drought relief and flood control headquarters said.

"26,500 hectares were damaged and 793 hectares were destroyed. The drought has also killed 13,601 head of cattle," it said.

Tibet Regional Meteorological Bureau, which has forecast a rain in Lhasa and Xigaze from June 22 to 25, is considering to have artificial rain for drought relief.

Last month, Zhao Yiping, head of the Tibet Regional Meteorological Bureau, has warned that china will face floods and drought due to global warming.