China is Facing Massive Drought

China’s biggest river, the Yangtze, is drying up. In response, China is releasing water from the Three Gorges reservoir to ease its biggest drought in 50 years.

The Yangtze delta is being devastated by the drought. The delta supports 400 million people and 40% of China’s economic activity.

The scope of the environmental crisis is hard to imagine, with officials declaring over 1,300 lakes “dead”, which means they are out of use for irrigation and drinking supply.

The dried up Yangtze river in southwest China's Chongqing municipality. The severe drought has forced a massive release of water from China's Three Gorges reservoir for irrigation and drinking water. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty

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