China Energy Industry

Where did the Yangtze go?

Expert highlights government actions as reason for dry-up, not just absence of rain.

As China’s great Yangtze River battles the country’s worst drought on record, prominent hydrology expert Wang Weiluo points to human intervention as the primary reason behind the dry-up.

As citizens share images, videos and examples of a shrinking Yangtze in the midst of scorching heat and record-low rainfall, climatic conditions are assumed to be the primary driver of issues impacting China’s longest and most important river.

Germany-based water conservation expert Wang Weiluo, however, points to dam-related water reservoirs on the upper reaches of the Yangtze as a major reason for the drain on the river’s water volume.

Speaking to The Epoch Times, Wang calls the current drought a “man-made disaster” brought on by the CCP regime’s desire to dictate water flow.

“Every June, the MWR orders water to be discharged from all the dams,” Wang said, as the water authorities believe that there will be floods and rainfall in June, July, and August.

“This year, they miscalculated and made a mistake in their planning. This is one of the main reasons for this year’s drought.”

China now relies on dams to control the water flow of rivers, which is coordinated by the Ministry of Water Resources (MWR), according to Wang. Since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took power in 1949, the regime has built 90,000 reservoir dams, accounting for half of the world’s dams.

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Further Reading

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Yangtze River drought linked to government actions, not just lack of rain: expert

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