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‘Red alert’ in China as drought dries up nation’s greatest lake

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Water ranges on Poyang Lake have plunged after three months of drought with forecasters warning scenario may worsen.

The central Chinese province of Jiangxi has declared a water provide “red alert” for the primary time as a protracted drought dried up a lot of the water within the nation’s greatest lake.

The provincial authorities stated on Friday that water ranges in Poyang Lake, normally a flood outlet for the Yangtze River, had fallen from 19.43 metres to 7.1 metres during the last three months.

The Jiangxi Water Monitoring Centre stated the extent was anticipated to fall even additional in coming days, given the shortage of rain.

Precipitation since July is 60 p.c lower than it was a 12 months in the past, it added.

As many as 267 climate stations throughout China reported document temperatures in August, and a protracted dry spell throughout the Yangtze river basin has hampered hydropower output and hindered crop progress forward of this season’s harvest.

Though heavy rain has relieved the drought in a lot of southwest China, central areas proceed to endure, with extraordinarily dry situations now stretching for greater than 70 days in Jiangxi.

A complete of 10 reservoirs in neighbouring Anhui province have fallen beneath the “dead pool” stage, which means they’re unable to discharge water downstream, the native water bureau stated earlier this week.

State climate forecasters have stated that drought situations nonetheless prevailed within the center and decrease reaches of the Yangtze, China’s longest river, and efforts had been required to seed clouds and divert water from elsewhere.

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