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China issues first national drought alert

People look at a dead fish on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People look at a dead fish on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People look at a dead fish on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Staff members carry out artificial rain seeding operations as part of the drought relief measures amid a heatwave warning in Zigui county of Yichang, Hubei province, China August 16, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS

Staff members carry out artificial rain seeding operations as part of the drought relief measures amid a heatwave warning in Zigui county of Yichang, Hubei province, China August 16, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS

Staff members carry out artificial rain seeding operations as part of the drought relief measures amid a heatwave warning in Zigui county of Yichang, Hubei province, China August 16, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS
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An aerial view of parched terrace fields in Fuyuan village, as the region is experiencing a drought, in Chongqing China, August 19, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

An aerial view of parched terrace fields in Fuyuan village, as the region is experiencing a drought, in Chongqing China, August 19, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

An aerial view of parched terrace fields in Fuyuan village, as the region is experiencing a drought, in Chongqing China, August 19, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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The banks of the Longxi river are exposed as it flows at a low water level during a regional drought in Fuyuan village in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The banks of the Longxi river are exposed as it flows at a low water level during a regional drought in Fuyuan village in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The banks of the Longxi river are exposed as it flows at a low water level during a regional drought in Fuyuan village in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Locals stand by the central pillar of Qiansimen bridge that stands exposed on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Locals stand by the central pillar of Qiansimen bridge that stands exposed on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas...more

Locals stand by the central pillar of Qiansimen bridge that stands exposed on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Municipality workers water a tree after weeks of scorching temperatures and regional drought in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Municipality workers water a tree after weeks of scorching temperatures and regional drought in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Municipality workers water a tree after weeks of scorching temperatures and regional drought in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Local farmer Chen Xiaohua, 68, holds a sweet potato leave after all his plants died as the region is experiencing a drought in Fuyuan village in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Local farmer Chen Xiaohua, 68, holds a sweet potato leave after all his plants died as the region is experiencing a drought in Fuyuan village in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Local farmer Chen Xiaohua, 68, holds a sweet potato leave after all his plants died as the region is experiencing a drought in Fuyuan village in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A dredger is anchored in the Yangtze that is approaching record low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A dredger is anchored in the Yangtze that is approaching record low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A dredger is anchored in the Yangtze that is approaching record low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 19, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Militia members load an equipment for cloud-seeding operations as part of the drought relief measures amid a heatwave warning in Dongkou county of Shaoyang, Hunan province, China August 17, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS

Militia members load an equipment for cloud-seeding operations as part of the drought relief measures amid a heatwave warning in Dongkou county of Shaoyang, Hunan province, China August 17, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS

Militia members load an equipment for cloud-seeding operations as part of the drought relief measures amid a heatwave warning in Dongkou county of Shaoyang, Hunan province, China August 17, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS
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A view of the Qiansimen bridge that runs over the partially dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A view of the Qiansimen bridge that runs over the partially dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A view of the Qiansimen bridge that runs over the partially dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People cool down in the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze that is approaching record low water levels, on a hot day in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People cool down in the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze that is approaching record low water levels, on a hot day in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People cool down in the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze that is approaching record low water levels, on a hot day in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People look at a dead fish on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People look at a dead fish on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People look at a dead fish on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A view of the exposed riverbed of Yangtze river on a hot day in Chongqing, China August 17, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS

A view of the exposed riverbed of Yangtze river on a hot day in Chongqing, China August 17, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS

A view of the exposed riverbed of Yangtze river on a hot day in Chongqing, China August 17, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS
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A tree trunk lies on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A tree trunk lies on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A tree trunk lies on the dried-up riverbed of the Jialing river, a tributary of the Yangtze, that is approaching record-low water levels in Chongqing, China, August 18, 2022.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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An aerial view shows low water level in Yangtze river amid a heatwave warning in Wuhan, Hubei province, China August 15, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS

An aerial view shows low water level in Yangtze river amid a heatwave warning in Wuhan, Hubei province, China August 15, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS

An aerial view shows low water level in Yangtze river amid a heatwave warning in Wuhan, Hubei province, China August 15, 2022. China Daily via REUTERS
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