Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Neighboring provinces are suffering the worst drought in 100 years. It's been dry here, too. Normally it's warm and rainy, but it has been mostly cool and windy. Farmers rely on the ample rainfall of the region for watering their crops and every day use. Wells are shallow and dried up. The government is drilling deep wells so that villages have some drinking water, and maybe something for agriculture.
The kids in the photos above are hauling water up a steep mountain to their isolated village. The article here describes their family's plight.
This is a regional drought affecting the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and our area of China. It apparently is caused by El Nino conditions in the ocean which are preventing the rains.