On Thursday, a Chinese weather scientist warned that southern China’s southern provinces might face a drought in the winter. It could hurt the hydropower generation supply to meet high electricity demand during winter. 

Reuters cited Shen Yanbo, chief scientist at the public service center of China Meteorological Administration, saying, “Most parts of China are forecast to have near-or less rainfall this winter than a normal year. But southern China could see drought or even severe drought.” 

In addition, Shen said that some provinces relying heavily on hydropower, such as Chongqing and Guangxi, might suffer an “extreme severe drought.”  

On Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Emergency Management also warned that the Yangtze basin is expected to face a drought in November, with an “extremely high risk” of bushfires in central and southern Chinese provinces.

Many of China’s provinces suffered extreme heat waves in July and August, affecting business operations and people’s daily lives. Factories were ordered to shut down, and residents were asked to reduce electricity consumption due to the limited power supply from hydropower. 

In mid-August, scorching weather and little rain reportedly reduced hydropower generation in Sichuan, leading to power rationing for industrial users since late July.

The province had to extend the industrial power cut to 11 days, hurting business production. Companies, including Apple’s key supplier Foxconn and battery giant CATL, were required to shut down or curb output.

Water levels in Poyang Lake, a vital flood basin in Jiangxi province, have fallen 75% to their lowest level since 1951.

As a result of a record heat wave scorching many parts of China for months, drying up dozens of rivers, finally, the Chinese authorities had to issue the first national drought alert.

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