Drought Halts Shipping on
12 May 2011 - 08H29
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fishing boats are seen stranded a dried up river bank along the
AFP - Drought on China's Yangtze river has led to historically low water levels that have forced authorities to halt shipping on the nation's longest waterway, the government and media said Thursday.
The water level along the lower reaches of
the river near the city of
A day earlier, the bureau closed a
228-kilometre (140-mile) stretch above
Further up the river, the massive Three Gorges Dam, the world's biggest hydroelectric project, has discharged more water to alleviate the drought conditions down river, state press reported.
It was not immediately clear if the measures would be effective, as the drought along the middle reaches has sent water levels to their lowest point in five decades, the China Daily said.
At least two ships have been stranded in recent days as dozens of emergency teams have been dispatched to prevent accidents along the middle reaches, where the river has shrunk to an average width of about 150 metres, it said.
According to Wang Jingquan of the Yangtze River Water Resources Committee, damming up the river at the controversial Three Gorges Dam has aggravated the drought by diverting water flow to the lower reaches, the paper said.
The 6,300-kilometre Yangtze is
has left 400,000 people in
October to May is normally the dry season
along the river and ocean-going ships are only allowed to go up river past
"Even though heavy rains are expected
in coming months, it's possible they won't raise the water level much,"
the China Daily quoted Wu Heping, director of the