Latest update: 23/03/2011
- agriculture - China - weather
Beijing tackles worst drought in decades
China has deployed 7,000 technicians, funnelled off 14 billion cubic meters of water, dug thousands of wells and sent silver iodide into the air to cause rain. It's all in an attempts to stave off the extreme dry spell that's crippling the country's agricultural industry. There hasn't been any rain for 150 days, meaning it's China's worst drought for decades.
Programme prepared by Kate Williams, Marie Billon and Patrick Lovett