Drought hits China’s largest Poyang lake
China’s largest freshwater lake Poyang is facing a severe drought for the first time. The situation has become such, due to which the province of Jiangxi in Central China has to declare a red alert regarding the supply of water for the first time. According to a report by the news agency Reuters, this step has been taken by the government of Jiangxi for the first time on Friday, as the water level of the lake has gone down to a record.
Red alert regarding water supply for the first time
Poyang Lake has normally served as an important flood water outlet for the Yangtze, China’s longest river, but this time it has been yearning for water drop by drop since June. In Poyang Lake, where the water level is monitored, its water level has come down from 19.43 meters to just 7.1 meters in three months. The Jiangxi Water Monitoring Center has said that the water in the lake will decrease further in the coming days.
Hydropower also affected
Actually, this time in this area of China, there has been no rain so far. Rainfall here since July has been recorded 60% less than last year. 267 weather stations across China recorded record temperatures this August and drought conditions in the Yangtze river basin, affecting power generation from hydropower and damaging pre-autumn farming crops .
The situation in the neighboring province is even worse
Although there has been a respite from the drought after heavy rains in southwest China, extremely dry conditions remain in central China and the situation in Jiangxi has not improved for 70 days. The problem is that all 10 reservoirs in adjacent Anhui province have also fallen below the ‘dead pool’ level. This means that there is no condition to release water from here as well. A local water bureau reported this fact earlier this week.
Cloud seeding is being advised
China’s official Meteorological Department said this week that drought conditions still persisted in the central and lowlands of the Yangtze. It was also advised to get seed clouding done (artificial rain) and divert water from other areas. However, it is not yet clear what the Chinese government is going to do to overcome such an unexpected water crisis. It has been said by experts for a long time that climate change is the reason for the upheaval in the weather all over the world. (First three photos courtesy-Twitter video, the rest both file and symbolic)
Also read- Ganga will not flow forever? Gangotri glacier melts 1,700 meters in 87 years, research reveals future
China is looking for opportunity even in calamity
A Chinese government official, Zhang Meifang, has shared an edited video from her Twitter handle, which proudly claims how it is resorting to artificial rain to deal with the problem of drought. China is happy that it has successfully started using UAVs for cloud seeding.