Asia’s longest river, the Yangtze, lowest level in 150 years as China battles heatwaves, drought

Aug 15, 2022

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Record low water levels are being recorded in China’s Yangtze River and its two biggest freshwater lakes as parts of the country endure historic heatwaves and drought. Hankou, part of the central city of Wuhan and a key location for monitoring Asia’s largest river, reported a water level drop to 17.54 metres on August 13, 2022. The measurement was about six metres lower than the average seen in recent years and the lowest level recorded at this time of the year since records began in 1865, according to an August 14 report in the official Science and Technology Daily, citing disaster response authorities.

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