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Tibet in grip of drought

February 16, 2009

(, Feb 13) – Tibet has been hit by a severe drought
with little rain recorded throughout the region since Jan’09, except
part of Chamdo Prefecture, even as the spring ploughing season
approaches, reported China’s online Tibet news service Feb
12. No substantial precipitation was registered in areas along the
Yurlong Tsangpo River, while Lhasa had 40 days without rain or snow, the
report said.

The report showed a picture of the water level gauge of the Lhasa River
sticking out starkly. It said the average temperature in the region was
1.4 to 5.0 degrees Celsius (34.5 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than
during the same period last year while the average temperature in Lhasa
was 2.4 degrees Celsius (36.3 degrees Fahrenheit) higher.

With no sizeable rain or snow expected in mid-February, Hu Chuyang, a
senior engineer with the Meteorological Observatory of Tibet Autonomous
Region, has advised concerned departments to be prepared to combat
drought-related fires and other natural disasters.
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