Drought threatens 1.5 million in south-west China

Drought in south-western China is threatening the drinking-water supplies of 1.5 million people and authorities are considering seeding clouds to make it rain, state media said on Tuesday.
The problem has been compounded by last summer’s heat wave in the densely populated municipality of Chongqing, as water supplies have still not recovered, the Beijing News said.
Some parts of Chongqing — home to about 30 million people — have started limiting water supplies to residents and are drilling new wells to find underground sources of water, the report said.

Last summer’s drought was the worst to hit south-west China in more than a century, when temperatures topped 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), and about 18 million people faced drinking-water shortages.