China is on red alert for the largest lake because of the drought

Jiangxi province, central China, declared the water supply red alert as the water level of Payang Lake dropped to a record low.

The state of red alert was issued by the Jiangxi provincial government today, as Poyang, China’s largest freshwater lake and also an important flood outlet of the country’s longest river, the Yangtze River, suffered severe drought since June.

Over the past three months, the water level at the main monitoring point of Ba Duong Lake has decreased from 19.43 meters to 7.1 meters.

The Jiangxi Water Monitoring Center said the water level in Payang Lake will continue to fall in the coming days, as rainfall remains minimal. Rainfall since July is 60% lower than a year earlier.





An aerial view shows a drought condition at Payang Lake, Jiangxi province, China on August 28.  Photo: Reuters.

An aerial view shows a drought condition at Payang Lake, Jiangxi province, China on August 28. Image: Reuters.

267 weather stations across China reported record temperatures in August. Prolonged dry spells in the Yangtze River basin severely reduced hydropower production and affected crop growth ahead of the fall season. autumn harvest.

Heavy rains have helped ease drought in much of southwestern China, but parts of central China continue to suffer, with extreme dryness now lasting for more than 70 days in Jiangxi.

A total of 10 reservoirs in neighboring Anhui province have fallen below the “dead lake” level, meaning they cannot discharge water downstream, the Anhui irrigation authority said earlier this week.

Huyen Le (Theo Reuters)

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