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7:52 AM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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QIANJIANG, China (CCTV/CNN) - People living in a high altitude region face water shortages in Chongqing. There's water, but it's frozen!

Over 5,000 people living in a high altitude region in Chongqing Municipality, southwest China are suffering shortage of running water after the temperature dropped in the region.

The temperature in the mountainous region, with an altitude over 800 meters in Qianjiang District and Chengkou District, has fallen below zero around -4 to -6 degrees Celsius in the past several days, reaching the lowest temperature recorded since 1994.

Ice waterfall and icicles were also formed due to the low temperature. The pipelines for the drinking water were all blocked; some were even broken by the ice. As a result, running water has not been able to reach the villagers.

"The pipes are frozen for days. We cannot turn the tap. It's quite difficult to have running water," said Wang Shaobo, a local villager.

The villagers have to carry water from elsewhere. And to conserve the water, the villagers melted snow from the outside to wash their faces and hands.

There are over 10,000 people living in Qianjiang District, and 5,000 living in high altitude regions above 800 meters.

CCTV/CNN

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