Local authorities in Shenzhen city of Guangdong province of China were alarmed by a severe drought that has not been seen since 58 years ago.

On Dec. 7, the Office of the Shenzhen Water Conservation Group made an urgent call to Shenzhen residents to prepare for a shortage in water supply from this winter to next spring and the need to save water, NTD reported.

More than 90% of Shenzhen’s water relies on the water of the Dongjiang River, but with significantly reduced rainfall, its basin has been seeing the worst drought ever since 1963.

The Shenzhen Water Bureau said that the water volumes of the Xinfenggang, Fengshuba, and Baipenzhu reservoirs were 55% less than in previous years.

The rate of water consumption between this winter and next spring in Shenzhen is expected to be about 1 million cubic meters per day, but the agency noted the government can only handle about 500,000 cubic meters per day.

As of Dec. 8, Shenzhen began to reduce the amount of water supplied to the city, and people on the upper floors of houses could notice disruptions with their water usage.

On Dec. 9, the topic “Shenzhen suffered the most severe water shortage since its founding” sparked heated discussion on the Internet.

One person said: “This year, Guangdong has severely low rainfall, the water volume of the reservoirs has even reached the bottom.” This netizen added that, although the drought situation was quite severe, state media reports have largely ignored the news.

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