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Aug 17, 2022 07:47 PM
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Once Overflowing in Flood Season, Yangtze Basin Now Suffers Record Drought

The exposed riverbed of Jialing River in Chongqing around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Photo: VCG
The exposed riverbed of Jialing River in Chongqing around 4 p.m. Tuesday. Photo: VCG

China’s Yangtze river basin faces low water levels in what is normally flood season, with exposed riverbeds showing cracks and connected freshwater lakes shrinking, amid a sustained heatwave.

Around 783,000 people in six province-level regions belonging to the Yangtze River basin, an area traditionally on flood alert from June to August, have been affected by drought this year and needed government support, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

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