The water level of China’s largest freshwater lake has dropped to a record low. Authorities in Jiangxi have issued the highest warning alert for the water supply for the first time, Reuters reports. According to the report, the water level at a key measuring point on the Poyang has dropped from more than 19 meters to just under 7 meters in the past three months. The drought in Jiangxi has lasted for more than 70 days, while heavy rainfall has resumed in the southwest of the People’s Republic. “The extreme drought has had a serious impact on people’s drinking water supply, agricultural production and ecology,” Wang Chun, Director of the Jiangxi Provincial Water Resources Bureau, said last week, according to the South China Morning Post. According to officials, 17,000 people have been affected by drinking water problems since the end of June.
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