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China faces another month of drought as Yangtze tributary runs dry

CA, 19 Aug 2022
Residents living near a tributary of the Yangtze River, in the southwestern region of Chongqing, clambered along the dry riverbed on Thursday amid an unprecedented drought across the region that could last another month.

"I've never seen, indeed, never seen (drought like this). People older than me have also never seen anything like this, " said one resident.

Though not completely dried up, dead fish were visible on the exposed flats of the Jialing, a long winding tributary that flows through three provinces before joining the Yangtze in Chongqing.

China warned on Wednesday that the severe dry spell along the Yangtze could last well into September as local governments race to maintain power and find fresh water to irrigate crops ahead of the autumn harvest.

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