The lack of rain was especially pronounced in the city of Chongqing (southwest China), which covers a large area of mountains and rivers. State media reported yesterday that fire trucks are delivering water for drinking and irrigating crops in outlying villages.
Rainfall in Chongqing was half of what is normally expected at this time of year and some minor waterways have dried up completely. Authorities issued warnings of temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. Many parts of China have set record high temperatures this year.
Other areas of China have been hit by flash floods, underscoring the effects of climate change on the world’s most populous country, whose territory stretches from the mountains and deserts of Central Asia to the South China Sea.
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