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An Unprecedented Heatwave Has Left Half Of China In A Drought And The Photos Look Unreal

An unprecedented heatwave in China has caused a crippling drought across half of the country, drying up rivers, wilting crops and sparking forest fires.
The current heatwave in the south of China has lasted more than 70 days, surpassing the previous record of 62 days in 2013, according to the Washington Post.
china drought heatwave 2022
In Jiangxi Province, Poyang Lake, the country’s largest freshwater body, has shrunk by about 75%, according to local authorities, the BBC reported.
china drought heatwave 2022
china drought heatwave 2022
The plunging water level has exposed a stunning tree-shaped formation on the lake bed.
china drought heatwave 2022
china drought heatwave 2022
Meanwhile, while the low water levels of the Yangtze River – the world’s third largest river – near the city of Chongqing have revealed previously submerged Buddhist statues that are believed to be 600 years old, according to state media Xinhua.
china drought heatwave 2022
In Ezhou, Hubei Province, the Guanyin Pavilion, a 700-year-old structure on the Yangtze River, has reappeared in full due to low water levels.
china drought heatwave 2022
The drought has also wrecked havoc on hydropower systems, particularly in regions like Sichuan, which gets more than 80% of its energy from hydropower, according to the Guardian.
china drought heatwave 2022
At least 2.46 million people have been affected by the drought, with high temperatures in July causing 2.74 billion yuan (US$398 million) in direct economic losses, officials said, the Guardian reported.
china drought heatwave 2022
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