Danjiangkou Reservoir suffering from extreme drought

16:11, May 27, 2011      

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Photo, taken on May 26, shows a boat sailing by the Danjiangkou Reservoir. (Xinhua Photo)

Affected by the persistent drought, the water level of Danjiangkou Reservoir, water source of the middle line "North-to-South Water Diversion Project," has been lower than the "dead water level" for several meters.

However, in order to alleviate the water shortage of Han River-basin, which is an important cultivation area for rice, the reservoir has kept increasing its downstream flow for days. This period is a crucial time for the success cultivation and harvest of rice, but it is quite difficult to transplant rice seedlings in arid conditions.
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