In the first part of November, the Provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters of Hunan Province began releasing water from upstream reservoirs, in efforts to restore water to the near-dry Xiangjiang River in Changsha City.
Since October, the river basin has only received 28 millimeters of rainfall, which is 69% percent less than average, causing water levels to drop below the minimum water supply level.
Some sections of the river are completely dry, endangering water safety and sustainability of nearby communities. With no adequate precipitation forecast in the near future, local officials are also constructing emergency water intake points in other sections of the river.
Elsewhere in the nation, officials in the northwest have proposed a pipeline to divert seawater thousands of kilometers from the coast of the eastern Bohai Sea to the drought-stricken Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.
Our appreciation, Chinese officials and government, for your efforts to ease the drought conditions. We pray that the affected areas may soon receive blessed rains and that their balance may be restored through our actions in greater harmony with nature.
Expressing concern for the spread of such dangerous conditions in the face of continued global warming, Supreme Master Ching Hai addressed this emerging crisis while offering the most effective solution during a video message for a June 2009 conference in Mexico.
Supreme Master Ching Hai : Our current course of climate change is worse than the worst case scenario projected by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),with the damaging and often fatal effects already being seen through such extreme events as hurricanes, flooding, droughts and heat waves. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/photo/2010-11/09/content_11524065.htm
Precious fresh water supplies are also drying up, such as aquifers under the major cities of Beijing, Delhi, Bangkok, and dozens of other regions such as the Midwestern United States; while the rivers Ganges, Jordan, Nile, and Yangtze have been reduced to a trickle for much of the year.
In China’s worst drought in five decades, vital crops were lost in at least 12 northern provinces, costing the nation billions of US dollars in drought relief to farmers with losses.
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