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Parts of Tibet suffer from moderate drought
09:04, March 29, 2010  

Parts of Tibet have suffered from moderate drought with a higher temperature, little rainfall and a windy weather since last winter, according to the Tibet Autonomous Regional Weather Observatory.

Data from the Climate Center of the China Meteorological Administration show that Lhasa, capital of Tibet, and Nagqu and Qamdo prefectures have suffered from moderate drought, as well as windy weather, since then.

The tempertures in most parts of Tibet from last winter to this spring are one or two centigrade degrees higher than the average figure in the past few years. For instance, the temperature in Nagqu is two centigrade degrees higher.

Rainfall in most parts of the region is also relatively low in spring, especially in the agricultural area along the Yarlung Zangbo River. The total rainfall in the agricultural area, namely, some areas in Xigaze, Lhasa and Shannan, was less than 0.5 mm from Nov. 1, 2009 to March 12, 2010.

The rain and snow from March 13 to 15 had little effect on the drought-stricken areas, according to the Observatory.

The drought has affected spring seeding, grasslands' regreening and water supplies in some rural areas, Tibet Business said.

Source: Xinhuanet

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