Severe drought in Jiangxi could affect rice irrigation 

Jiangxi, one of China’s major rice-growing regions, is suffering from an unprecedented drought. Growing food security problems and water shortages have raised concerns.

As reported by NetEase, as of October 8, the drought in Jiangxi has lasted for 88 days. According to the global meteorological drought index tracking on October 6, 97% of counties (cities and districts) in Jiangxi province have reported severe to exceptional drought. The meteorological drought in Jiangxi province is expected to continue in the next 7 days. 

In addition, the north branch of the Ganjiang River, the mother river of Jiangxi, has also been cut off for more than 50 days. More than 20,000 mu of paddy fields along the river are facing severe drought conditions.

In Jiangxi’s Leping City, 1,542 mountain ponds and reservoirs reached the dead water level due to the city’s persistent high temperatures and lack of rainfall. At present, late rice season has entered the flowering stage, but there is not enough water for irrigation. So far, the local area has implemented at least 16 artificial rainfalls to alleviate the drought on the 280,000 mu of late-season rice farmland in the locality.

Flash floods in Shuangjiang 

According to Chinese media, heavy rainfall occurred in Shuangjiang County, Lincang City, Yunnan Province, on October 8, causing flash floods.

The cumulative rainfall of 149.9 mm caused some local landslides, washed away roads and damaged houses. Footage shows many people gathered together using the hoe to repair the road covered with rocks and mud.

In addition, heavy rainfall caused 3 10 kV lines and 56 stations in Jinnuo Township to be out of service, and 2,173 users were left without electricity. The Yunnan Lincang Power Supply Bureau of China Southern Power Grid released a Level IV emergency response to natural disasters to carry out emergency power protection and repair work.

Cold air in many areas of China; wind gusts in Beijing 

China has just entered the transition time between late autumn and early winter. However, the temperature has decreased rapidly.

According to Chinese media, widespread cold air appeared on October 8, bringing strong winds and low temperatures to the north.

The Central Meteorological Observatory forecasts that between October 9 and October 10 this cold air will continue to move in a southeasterly direction, bringing with it strong cooling winds and snow. During this round of cold air, the minimum temperature in most parts of China will appear from the morning of October 10 to October 11. At that time, more than 20 provincial-level cities will successively record new minimum temperatures in the second half of this year.
In addition, north winds of 5 to 6 in areas north of the Yangtze River, gusts of 7 to 9 in some areas, and up to 10 in central Inner Mongolia and northern China will appear successively. It should be noted that strong winds in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, Henan, Shandong and other places have certain extremes. Authorities also warned the public to be alert to the adverse effects of falling objects and trees.

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