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No snow for Beijing, China


Drought has plagued the province of Shandong.
Drought has plagued the province of Shandong.

Jill Colton, staff writer

January 29, 2011 — Beijing is facing its longest wait for winter snowfall in 60 years.

Drought is putting pressure on surging food prices.
Drought is putting pressure on surging food prices.

Saturday will be the longest Beijing, China has had to wait for snow in 60 years. Meanwhile, the drought in the northern part of the country is affecting millions of people.

The weather bureau in Beijing says no snow is in the forecast in the coming days. This will be the longest wait for snow in the capital since they started keeping such records.

Months of dry weather have given China's wheat-growing province of Shandong its worst drought in at least 40 years. This is putting pressure on surging food prices.

Officials in Hebei province told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that 9 million people there have been affected by the drought.

With files from The Associated Press.

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