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  • China - Rivers in multiple provinces dry up due to high temperatures, less rain - one village: "The rice in the fields is all dry now," - August 15, 2022


    Rivers in multiple provinces dry up due to high temperatures, less rain
    South-to-North water diversion project unlikely to be affected: expert
    By Cui Fandi and Du QiongfangPublished: Aug 15, 2022 10:59 PM

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    Rivers in multiple provinces and regions across China have dried up due to persistent high temperatures and far below average amounts of rainfall, resulting in drought in many parts of the nation. Data from China's Water Resources Ministry shows that the water supply of 830,000 people in six provinces and regions has been affected.

    Long-lasting heat waves have hit multiple areas with East China's Anhui, Central China's Hunan, and Southwest China's Guizhou and Chongqing Municipality reporting that rivers have dried up, so that towns and villages along the rivers have to endeavor to build dams to secure farmland irrigation and drinking water.

    In Anhui, one of China's most important grain production provinces, several places including Huaining county in Anqing, Qingyang county in Chizhou and Tongcheng city have seen multiple main rivers dry up due to persistent heat waves. In Huaining and Anqing, eight towns and villages along several main rivers that have dried up are suffering from shortages of agricultural irrigation and water for daily usage.

    "The rice in the fields is all dry now," a villager in Qingyang county, Anhui, told the Global Times on Monday. "However, the villagers have running water in their homes and water for life is not affected."

    An official from Qingyang county told the Global Times that this year's grain harvest will definitely be affected because of the lack of water. But the local authorities have taken measures such as lifting water for irrigation and drilling new wells.

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    zhttps://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273067.shtml
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