China issues first nationwide drought alert in 9 years

Chinese authorities have issued a national announcement of a drought alert, the first in the past nine years, as the country struggles with sub-par rainfall and one of the most extreme heat waves experienced in the last six decades..

“Yellow” alert, which was issued on Friday “yellow” alert, which was released on Friday, ranks third in China’s scale of four tiers. It means that at least two provinces face drought-like conditions and that more rain or dry conditions are expected.

China’s meteorological agency reported on Friday that at the very least 244 cities across the nation could see temperatures rising above forty degrees Celsius (104 degree Fahrenheit) as well as another 407 cities could see temperature rise to over 37C (98F). Forecasters anticipate that this heat wave last for a week, while the following three days will not see much rain, and the drought will continue to grow.
On Wednesday, approximately 830,000 people in six provinces have seen their water supplies affected due to drought conditions According the Ministry of Water Resources. Over 300,000 have experienced temporary issues getting access to drinking water. This is a large amount of people affected but only a small part of China’s 1.4 billion.
Provinces located in central and southern China — particularly those that are located along the Yangtze River, such as Jiangsu, Hubei and Sichuan are among those most affected. Officials from local governments have been instructed to conserve water for domestic use and to reduce industrial, commercial, and agricultural usage. Authorities are also working to create clouds that will allow rain to fall.
The drought has been affecting over 2 million acres of farmland across the six provinces of Canada, according to a ministry of water official announced Wednesday.
The scorching heat has led to an increase in the need for cooling at homes and offices and is straining electricity grids. The drought has also reduced the levels of river water, which has reduced the amount of power produced by hydropower facilities.
Sichuan is a province with over 84 million inhabitants is being afflicted by extreme drought and heat since the beginning of July. The day before, Sichuan authorities ordered factories to stay closed for six days to help ease power outages caused by the heat.
Experts fear that power rationing at a crucial manufacturing center for solar panels and semiconductors could have an impact on the biggest electronics firms, such as Intel as well as Foxconn.
Economic experts have also advised that extreme temperatures will slow down China’s second-largest economic system, one that is currently struggling with the consequences of its Covid-19 lockdowns as well as a real estate market crisis. In both cases, Goldman Sachs and financial services firm Nomura reduced their forecasts for the growth in China’s GDP this year due to due to the hot weather.

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