NANCHANG - China's largest freshwater lake, Poyang, has shrunk
by one third in the past three days due to reduced water supply
from the Yangtze River and little rainfall.
At 8 am Wednesday, the lake's surface area was 1,490 sq km,
a reduction of 679 sq km compared with 2,169 sq km on Monday,
said the Jiangxi Provincial Hydrological Bureau.
The water level at Xingzi hydrological station was 11.99 meters
at 4 pm Wednesday, 2.13 meters lower than the levels in normal
years. The water level is falling by 30 cm per day.
Reduced water supply from the upper Yangtze River due to dams
and little rainfall in the past month in Jiangxi were two major
causes for the shrinking, said the bureau.
The average precipitation was less than 5 mm since Sept 20 in
The lake's flood season began on April 30 and lasted until Oct 18.
The flood period was 33 days longer than that of last year.
The sharp fall of water levels in the lake will affect shipping
and fishing as well as the water supply for nearby residents.