Shanghai, China ● Fri, August 19 2022
China warned that severe drought conditions along the Yangtze River could last well into September as local governments race to maintain power and find fresh water to irrigate crops ahead of the autumn harvest.
Beijing has warned of the increasing risk of extreme weather in China as a result of climate change, and heavy rainfall continues to take its toll in other parts of the country. Flooding in the western Chinese province of Qinghai killed 16 people, state media reported on Thursday, with an additional 36 missing.
The Ministry of Finance said on Thursday that it would make 420 million yuan ($61.83 million) of emergency funds available to help local governments provide food and drought relief.
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