Thursday, January 17, 2008

Yangtze river dries up to lowest on record

Beijing - An exceptionally dry winter has left the water level in stretches of China's longest river, the Yangtze, at the lowest on record, state media said on Thursday. The water level dropped to 13,98 metres at Hankou, in the central city of Wuhan, the lowest since records began in 1866, the official China Daily said. A severe drought has affected many middle an upper reaches of the 6 300 kilometre river, stranding at least 40 ships this winter, the newspaper said.

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