Unprecedented drought.. China running out of water.. 37 crore people affected.. Food production affected

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oi-Mani Singh S

Published: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 15:38 [IST]

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Beijing: It has been reported that more than half of China, one of India’s neighboring countries, is experiencing an unprecedented drought, affecting 37 crore people.

China is currently experiencing a severe heat wave. Droughts have occurred in many parts of China due to rising temperatures.

Also, since the temperature has been rising in China for the past one month, even major water bodies have dried up without water.

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Heat wave in China

Heat wave in China

Especially in the Yangtze Delta areas of Shanghai Province in the southwest, there is a severe drought for more than 20 days. Even the Yangtze River, one of the largest rivers in the world, is now very low. As the water in this river, one of the country’s main sources of water, has also decreased, the Chinese government is seriously considering what to do next. It is said that the government is also trying to provide artificial rain to overcome the drought.

  66 rivers have dried up

66 rivers have dried up

And the Chinese authorities, who complain that climate change is the cause of such heat, say that the drought is costing China billions in value. 66 rivers in 34 counties in southwestern China’s southwestern province of Chongqing have run dry. The government officials there say that the reason for this drought is the 60 percent lack of rain this year. Extreme heat has caused wildfires in some places in the mountains and forests of Chongqing region.

The most in 60 years

The most in 60 years

Apart from this, the death toll due to extreme heat has also increased in this province. While heavy rains are falling on one side, unbearable heat is being recorded on the other side. Southern China is suffering from the worst heat in 60 years. The Tibetan Plateau, known as the coldest region, is also facing unprecedented drought conditions.

370 million people affected

370 million people affected

The Yangtze River basin has been hit hard by the drought. From the coastal province of Shanghai to the province of Sichuan, there has been severe damage. Due to this, about 370 million people are affected. Chongqing city and Sichuan, Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces are expected to experience temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, the China Meteorological Administration said.

Import from abroad

Import from abroad

The Chinese government has set aside 10 billion yuan to provide financial assistance to farmers who have suffered heavy losses due to drought. China, the most populous country, produced 95 percent of its own. At present, it seems that due to increased drought, there will be a need to import from foreign countries. With international supplies already affected by the Ukraine-Russia war, the drought in China is said to add further stress.

Damage to power generation

Damage to power generation

In Sichuan and Chongqing regions, scenes of drinking water being brought in by trucks and distributed for agricultural needs were published in Chinese state media. Temperatures have crossed 45 degrees Celsius in many provinces of China. As the demand for electricity has increased, there has been a power shortage in some places. The industry is also affected by this. The Yangtze River’s water level has dropped to an all-time low, reducing hydropower generation.

English summary

It has been reported that more than half of China, one of India’s neighboring countries, is experiencing unprecedented drought and 37 crore people have been affected.

Story first published: Thursday, August 25, 2022, 15:38 [IST]


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