Heavy snow induced by scientists eases drought in China

February 20th, 2009 - 12:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Shenyang/Shijiazhuang (China), Feb 20 (Xinhua) Heavy snowfall since Wednesday night has eased drought in northern China, authorities said.
Farmland affected by drought dropped from 552,666 hectares Jan 20 to 453,333 hectares as of Thursday in north China’s Shanxi province, according to the Shanxi Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

In the eastern Shandong province, the area dropped from 2.27 million hectares Feb 7 by more than half as of Thursday, according to the Shandong Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

Hebei province got its first heavy snow of the year Wednesday. The provincial weather bureau said the snow was enhanced by artificial seeding.

“The snow has brought moisture to the soil, which may help end the drought,” said Guo Yingchun, a senior engineer of the provincial meteorological observatory.

She said that 313 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide were seeded into clouds from Wednesday night to 8 a.m. Thursday, a procedure that made the snow a lot heavier.

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