MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A heat wave that has lasted more than a month in half of China could hurt autumn harvests as power outages continue and river levels are at record lows, says South China. The Morning Post reported on Saturday.
For the first time in nine years, Chinese authorities introduced a nationwide drought warning on Friday, but the China Meteorological Administration issued the highest ‘red’ warning for the eighth straight day. As of Saturday, he had 31 consecutive days of extremely high temperatures in the country.
Concerns are growing among farmers in central and eastern China, the newspaper said. In some provinces, he said, there has been no rain for three weeks and temperatures have hit record highs in a month, exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). The next few weeks will be a critical time for fall harvests of water-intensive rice and soybeans, according to the report.
Water levels in China’s longest river, the Yangtze, have reached record lows, blocking navigation in the middle and lower reaches of the channel. The water level in Poyang, the country’s largest freshwater lake, has dropped by 75%. According to the report, 66 rivers and 25 reservoirs are running out of water in the southeast of Chongqing, a city of more than 30 million people.
Extreme weather and low water levels are impacting the country’s electricity supply, with hydropower capacity nearly halved in some states. With the demand for air conditioning increasing, several states are imposing power limits and introducing energy savings in various industries. Some companies have turned off air conditioning in office buildings and closed factories for days, affecting global chains and his supplies.
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