The panic over water stockpiling in Shanghai has appeared to cool off. However, the water level in the Yangtze River still fell sharply, causing seawater to flood. The drought in Jiangxi became more severe, with some of the driest conditions for hundreds of years. 

Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake in East China’s Jiangxi Province, is drying up. Fish are dying and polluting the water and air, and the area hardly had any rainfall in over a month. Drought impacts primarily the environment and water resources especially causing saltwater to intrusions into the estuary and depleted reservoirs feeding Shanghai clean water. 

At the same time, Chongqing recorded heavy floods. The Three Gorges were not full to storage capacity to cope with the winter dry season, and the rain might not be sufficient to feed the reservoirs. 

The upstream is flooded, while the downstream is dry. The situation gets increasingly concerning as extreme drought in Jiangxi persists. 

Shanghai authorities have assured that the water supply is normal and refuted the rumor of water shortage. Whether the rumor is true or not, the drought is real, so people are talking about a very famous couplet titled and wonder if “Shanghai tap water comes from the sea.”

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