Drought, Floods Threaten Chinese Grain Crops
Droughts and flooding are threatening production in Heilongjiang, the province in northeastern China that accounted for 10% of the country’s grain production in 2014.
All told, “10 counties and cities in the province’s west are suffering a lack of rain, while 29 others in the east and north are threatened by flood,” Xinhua reported yesterday, citing a meteorologists’ meeting Monday. “Experts predicted the spring drought in the west may become the worst for the region in the past five years. On the contrary, the soil in the northern and eastern areas are excessively wet.”