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Drought threatens water supply in Chinese city 30/08/2006

Drought has returned to China's southwest city of Chongqing and is threatening the water supply of nearly eight million people.

The China Daily says the area is experiencing temperatures of 40 degrees celsius and local reservoirs are one-third full.

Government officials in Chongqing have begun emergency measures, issuing heat wave warnings, and postponing the start of the new school term until next week.

They have also reduced the night-time power supply to government offices after increased use of air conditioners exhausted Chongqing's electrical network.

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