Rain from tropical storm Kujira, the eighth typhoon in 2015 and the first one to hit China this year, has eased drought-stricken Sanya since last weekend.
Tropical storm Kujira, developed from a tropical depression, took shape in the South China Sea on Sunday morning, and moving northward at a speed of about 10 kilometers per hour. It arrived in Wanning City, Hainan around 6:50pm and brought precipitation to parched Hainan province.
Hot and dry weather has plagued Hainan since May. The weather department has issued an orange drought alert, the second-most severe alert level.
Cities including the beach resort Sanya have had to open new deep wells to meet drinking water demand.
On water rationing days, locals have been forced to rely on water stored in large tanks, and to adopt water-saving measures such as recycling water for gardening.
The government was forced to impose the water-saving measures as the water supply situation became more urgent, and the region’s main reservoirs were drying up, leaving behind only muddy craters. 
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