05 Jan '12, 3pm

Drought shrinks China's largest freshwater lake #China

Drought shrinks China's largest freshwater lake #China

BEIJING - China's largest freshwater lake has shrunk to its smallest size in years due to drought, state media and officials said Thursday, endangering the ecology in the area and fishermen's livelihoods. After a dry spell of more than a decade, Poyang Lake in east China's Jiangxi province is drying up fast as scant rainfall has sent water levels in the Gan River - which feeds the lake - to record lows, the Xinhua news agency said. The lake's area was 183 square kilometres (73 square miles) Thursday, an official at the local hydrological bureau told AFP - nearly half the average of 344 square kilometres recorded each year on this day since 1951. "This year's level is very low," the official said, asking not to be named, adding there had been 65 percent less rainfall in the area since December compared to the average recorded at the same period over the past 60 years. As la...

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