China’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Poyang, is shriveling up again in the current drought. The lake, in Jiangxi and which feeds into the Yangtze, has shrunk to 964 sq. kms, barely a third its average size over the past decade, officials say. In the severe drought that occurred in the spring, the lake dwindled to 400 sq. kms in mid-May before heavy summer rains started to restore it. But now, the lake’s water level is dropping again, by a meter every five to ten days, as its surface area shrinks.
Lake Poyang is by far from the only lake in China to be drying up. Nor is drought the sole reason.