The water level in the Yangtze River's middle and lower reaches has hit a record low as high temperatures and severe drought continue to affect regions along the river, reported Xinhua news agency on Thursday.
Some parts of north China saw heavy rainfall in the past week, providing relief in places such as Shandong. However, many areas across China are still suffering severe drought, including the provinces of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia in the north and Chongqing municipality in the southwest.
The drought has affected 75,300 square kilometres of cropland, 8,000 square kilometres more than the annual average, said China's State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. More than 16 million people are said to be short of drinking water.
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