More Than 1 Million People Affected by Worst Drought in 50 Years Along the Yangtze River in China

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A severe drought is plaguing east China’s Anhui Province, leaving crops damaged and drinking water supplies disrupted.

A total of 45 cities and counties have been ravaged, with regions in three cities along the Yangtze River suffering from the worst drought in up to 50 years.

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Worst drought in 50 years engulfs Yangtze River, China. Picture via Twitter

The drought has affected over 1 million residents and damaged 400,000 hectares of crops, inflicting a direct economic loss of 1.6 billion yuan (227 million U.S. dollars).

From Aug. 12 to Oct. 28, the province received an average rainfall of 83.9 milliliters.

That is 60 percent less than the amount in normal years and hitting the second-lowest level since 1961.

A total of 45 cities and counties have been ravaged, with regions in three cities along the Yangtze River suffering from the worst drought in up to 50 years.

The provincial meteorological authority has been using cloud seeding for artificial rain as no precipitation is forecasted in the coming week in most of Anhui.

The provincial water resources department has ordered lower-level authorities to unveil plans to ensure drinking water supply for residents and livestock.

Isn’t it ironic, they are trying to reduce the effects of weather control with climate engineering. It’s just the end of the world! [Xinhuanet]

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