In China, Recovering from a Typhoon, and Drought

China is recovering from the worst typhoon since record-keeping started in 1949. The storm killed more than 400 people in the southeastern part of the country. In the Southwest, the country is suffering its worst drought in more than 50 years.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Some other news. China is recovering from the worst typhoon since record-keeping started in 1949. The storm killed more than 400 people in the southeastern part of the country.

China's southwest is suffering its worst drought in more than 50 years, and when drought strikes the world's most populous country, the damage is correspondingly vast.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

High temperatures and low rainfall damaged millions of acres of cropland. The cost of summer vegetables has gone up dramatically, and China's Ministry of Water Resources estimates that more than 18 million people have a shortage of drinking water.

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