The drought continues in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze river region in China. Poyang Lake in Jiangxi province has almost gone dry. The water level has dropped sharply, and this is endangering the finless porpoise known as a “national treasure.” In the city of Lu’an, Anhui province, which is also suffering from the drought, the level of lake water level also dropped sharply, attracting tens of thousands of people to go fishing and even causing traffic jams.
According to Sohu, at 2:43 p.m. local time on September 27, the Jiangxi Provincial Hydrological Monitoring Center issued a “drought red warning.” According to the report, since July, Jiangxi province has experienced an even more severe drought, with 60% less rainfall than in the same period in previous years. The water flowing from five rivers into the lake is also almost 60% lower. Xingzi Station in Poyang Lake, which suffered the most severe drought, measured a water level of only 6.97 meters (about 23 feet), setting a new low based on recorded data. It is expected that the water level of Poyang Lake will continue decreasing, and the water level of the Ganjiang River in Nanchang will remain low.
Some areas have entered “extremely dry periods,” the notice said.
According to information from Jiangxi Daily, the persistent dry weather has almost “drained” Poyang Lake, the largest freshwater lake in China. As the water level continues falling, a large lake bed was exposed, and fishing nets and cages were trapped in the hardened dry soil, the Chongqing Morning Post reported.
A Lu’an citizen by the name of Liu, posted a short video on social media showing that many people went directly to the lake bed to fish, and the lake level was only of waist-high. The lake was full of people, some people spread their nets to catch fish, while others used fishing rods and some even caught fish with their bare hands.
According to Sina, Liu said on September 26 that people had been gathering to fish for almost two weeks, and that he himself, who lives a few hundred kilometers away, had come here to fish about a week ago.
According Liu, last weekend, due to the drought and the opening of the floodgates, the lake level here dropped sharply, “now just sit down and the fish will come surround you.” Some people caught pounds of fish a day.
Liu estimates the traffic could be as high as 100,000 people. “He said, At that time the traffic jam was very serious, both traffic police and the police came to the scene to divert the traffic.”
He said that because it is easy to catch fish, the price of local fish is very cheap, only a few cents a kilogram. “Most people don’t sell fish by kilograms, a sack of fish that probably weighs 50 kilograms sells for fifty or sixty yuan (about $7 to $8.30).” He added: “Chengxi Lake is an artificial lake. This is the first time it has dried up since it was built. This is a fishing opportunity that only comes once in a century.”