In central China’s Hubei, authorities said they would plant clouds to stimulate new rains after 4.2 million people were found to have been affected by the drought. The southwestern province of Sichuan, which relies heavily on hydropower, also ordered factories in 19 cities and counties to halt operations until Saturday to conserve electricity for the public.
The temperature in a nearby area hit 45 degrees Celsius, or 113 Fahrenheit, according to the China Meteorological Administration. He said Thursday. The Finance Ministry also pledged this week to distribute about $44 million in disaster relief to affected communities.
The crisis comes after years of experts warning that China, the world’s largest emitter of carbon dioxide, will face severe weather events as a result. Beijing has positioned itself as a leading force in tackling climate change, but it has also continued to build coal-fired power plants that produce carbon dioxide, mercury, and other harmful emissions.
Jin Xiandong, a spokesman for the National Development and Reform Commission, said on Tuesday that the shortage of hydropower production has led to an increase in the country. Reliance on coal.
The Three Gorges Dam, China’s largest hydropower project, said it will increase water drainage in the coming days to help downstream basins, Reuters mentioned.
In Hubei, the provincial emergency department also said this week that nearly 400,000 hectares of crops have already been damaged and more than 150,000 people now have limited access to drinking water. The local government will also attempt to seed clouds, a process that involves shooting silver iodide rods into the sky to start new rain.
But in some areas along the Yangtze, cloud coverage seemed too weak for sowing, CNN mentioned.
China has practiced weather manipulation in the past, including at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when 21 government stations Rockets were fired into clouds over Bird’s Nest’s outdoor stadium to stop rainfall during the opening ceremonies.
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