NANCHANG -- Two of China's largest lakes along the Yangtze River,
the Poyang and Dongting, face extreme water shortages, local
authorities and environment observers have said.
Last year, Poyang, China's largest freshwater lake, entered its
low season 54 days earlier than in previous years. By Tuesday,
the water level at Xingzi station was 8.37 meters, 2 meters
lower than the average in the low season.
The overall water area of the Poyang Lake is currently 351 square
kilometers, about one-fourth of what it is in flood season,
according to the local water resources department.
The Dongting Lake in Hunan Province is also drying out. The drinking
water supply of residents and local animals is also under threat.