The gods must be crazy or something. We’re melting under the sweltering heat here and what do we read? While Liaoning in northeast China is suffering from its worst drought in 30 years causing 1.27 million people, 473,800 head of cattle and 1.4 million hectares of cropland to be short of water, many parts of Guangdong in the south remain submerged from floods caused by the tropical storm Bilis. The death toll has increased to 228 and direct economic losses have reached 9 billion yuan (more than US$1.1 billion). Bilis hit China last Friday, triggering heavy rainfall and serious floods in Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan, Guangdong and Guangxi, and as it dies down, the storm-ravaged regions will experience a major heat wave over the coming week. Life is tough. Even central China has not been spared. Torrential rains have left 4 dead, 2 missing, and 20,000 displaced in Hubei. Up in the northwest, the Xinjiang region was under a blistering heatwave Sunday, with the mercury hitting as high as 44.8 degrees Celsius (112.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in Turpan. The mercury Sunday also hit a record 41.7 degrees Celsius in the town of Shihezi, the highest ever recorded. Meanwhile, the neighbourhood province of Gansu has seen snow in several places, a rare sight in June. Didn’t you wish there was an easy way to transport water to where it’s most needed and for temperatures to maybe even up a bit? In the meanwhile, somebody turn on the a/c in Shanghai please!
*Image from Rob Stevens: The bed of the Dongting Lake in Yueyang, China dries and cracks as the region experiences one of the worst droughts in over a century.