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Last Updated: Friday May 12 2006 15:47 GMT

'Fake rain' helps China drought

A rain cloud
Weather experts in China have found a way to help drought and rinse dust from the country's capital Beijing.

They have sprayed a special chemical into clouds to make artificial rain - a process called cloud-seeding.

The rain has been used to help stop crops from dying, as well as clear a huge dust storm from the city.

It's not the first time that China has created artificial rain. The system is sometimes used in the north of the country which often suffers drought.

Cloud-seeding has been criticised by some weather experts who feel it is wrong to interfere with rainfall because increasing it in one area might mean that less rain falls elsewhere.

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