contrast to the freezing rain and heavy snow in southern China, the
country's northern, eastern, and central regions have faced their driest
weather in 60 years, with the capital city Beijing having recorded 82
days since the last rainfall.
Of the nine provinces affected by
water shortages, six produce more than 80% of the nation's staple wheat
crop, raising concerns about increased food prices. As of Monday,
January 24, over 4 million hectares of crops across the nation were
affected by the prolonged dry conditions.
In Shandong province
alone, 240,000 people currently depend on deliveries from fire trucks
for drinking water, and about 2 million hectares, or over half of its
wheat fields, have been affected. The provincial government has promised
US$3 million in relief aid.
Meanwhile in Henan Province, which
produces a quarter of the nation's wheat, the government has allocated
US$32 million to recover from the severe dry conditions that include 86%
reduced precipitation compared to last year.
We pray that the
weather in the affected regions quickly balances through the blessing of
adequate rain for the Chinese people as all of humanity acts in gentler
care to protect resources and all planetary inhabitants.
a March 2009 videoconference in the United States, Supreme Master Ching
Hai discussed the increasingly precarious situation of dry weather,
while highlighting the most effective action needed to preserve
especially the Earth's precious water.
a time when we have water shortage and all the reservoirs are dwindling
at such an alarming rate, we are truly afraid that even if we don't
take shower at all, it will not do much help because all the human uses
and everything comes together is only 30% of water around the world.
Everything else is mostly used for meat industry.
should be cut. That will help the planet. That will help to reserve our
water, to refill our lakes and our rivers again.