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China takes steps to alleviate drought as record heat wave continues

China takes steps to alleviate drought as record heat wave continues

China has braved the heat wave for the last 64 days; this makes it the longest since 1961

China is taking immediate action to bring more water to the drought-hit basin of the Yangtze River. Further, it is also developing new supply sources, seeding clouds, and deploying relief funds in the hopes of gaining relief from the heat wave. In a notice, the Ministry of Water Resources said that the drought affecting the Yangtze River basin was "reducing the drinking water security of rural people and livestock, and the growth of crops." The government urged the affected regions to conduct accurate assessments and devise plans to maintain water supplies, including extending pipe networks, temporary water transfers, and developing new sources.

The Three Gorges Dam, China's biggest hydropower project, will also increase its water discharges by 500 million cubic meters over the next ten days to boost the downstream supplies. China has braved the heat wave for the last 64 days; this makes it the longest since 1961. The reason for the heat wave is a "special case" of high pressure from the West Pacific subtropical high, stretching across much of Asia, which is likely to be the cause of the extreme heat, said Cai Wenju, a climate researcher with CSIRO, Australia's national scientific research institute.

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