Drought cut the New Year celebrations short for China's ethnic Dai minority in the southwest province of Yunnan this week.
Every year, the group celebrates in mid-April with a day-long Water Splashing Festival that brings more than one million locals and tourists onto the streets. This year, the festival was restricted to just two hours.
Much of southwest China is suffering under a drought that has affected more than 25 million people. The Yunnan province has been the hardest hit.
The drought, which is the worst to have hit the region in a century, could affect China's hydroelectric output and lead to power shortages. The drought has also driven up grain and edible oil prices.
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