Southwestern China is facing an unprecedented drought amid a monthslong heat wave that is causing the Yangtze River to dry up. The Yangtze River normally supports about a third of the country’s population through hydropower and crop irrigation.
The Yangtze river is China’s economy.
That’s all China has.
Without shipping on the Yangtze, China would be done in a week.
There is no other infrastructure but shipping on the Yangtze.
As the tinder-dry countryside throughout China’s Yangtze river basin withers under a heatwave that has lasted more than two months, the autumn harvest is in jeopardy with farmers unable to keep their crops alive.
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