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China's Yangtze river closed to ships by severe drought
Telegraph ^ | 05/12/11 | Peter Foster

Posted on 05/15/2011 8:48:58 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

China's Yangtze river closed to ships by severe drought

The Yangtze river, the longest waterway in Asia and China's most important shipping route, has been closed by the worst drought in 50 years that has left cargo ships stranded and 400,000 people without drinking water.


Chinese fishing boats berth on the dried river banks as the annual dry winter
season caused the water level along the Yangtze river to be so low

By Peter Foster, Beijing 2:26PM BST 12 May 2011

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Water-levels have sunk as low as 10ft in the main thoroughfare of the 3,900-mile long river that stretches from the glaciers of the Tibetan plateau to the coastal city of Shanghai.

The Yangtze river basin is home to one-third of China's population and is responsible for 40 per cent of the country's economic growth.

Emergency teams have been sent to the river's middle reaches around Wuhan in the central province of Hubei, to rescue two ships that have been grounded in the past week and help any others that become stranded.

The river's management office has now closed a 140-mile stretch of the river above Wuhan to ocean-going vessels because of the shallow water.

It also said the river is 160 feet narrower in key sections than it was last year.

Wu Heping, a senior official at the management office said the drought that has affected the Yangtze is the "first we have seen in the past half century" and that the river's water level is "the lowest it has been since 2003, when the Three Gorges Dam went into operation."

He warned that even though storms are imminent, "heavy rain may not raise the water level much".

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; drought; shipping; yangtze

1 posted on 05/15/2011 8:49:02 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; PAR35; AndyJackson; Thane_Banquo; nicksaunt; MadLibDisease; happygrl; ...

P!


2 posted on 05/15/2011 8:49:57 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

China.....Still 100 years behind!!


3 posted on 05/15/2011 8:51:25 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: TigerLikesRooster

We’ve got a few billion extra gallons that we would be glad to sell them.


4 posted on 05/15/2011 8:51:38 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (Oligarchy...My theory is, college student body presidents become DEMS orRINO's.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
A metaphor for the McKinsey Institute, GE, and the rest of the offshoring globalist vermin.
5 posted on 05/15/2011 8:57:09 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Why isn't this being blamed on Global WarmingTM amidst calls for China to stop building coal-fired power plants and generally revert back to their accustomed Third-World status?

Communist Scum.

6 posted on 05/15/2011 8:58:42 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Is it due to that damn dam?


7 posted on 05/15/2011 8:59:19 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Obviously didn’t dry up over night, And the story is just now reaching the West.
MSM at its finest.


8 posted on 05/15/2011 9:01:40 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Oh great. Just great.
Now where are we going to get poisoned dog food and baby toys???


9 posted on 05/15/2011 9:05:23 AM PDT by Nonsense Unlimited
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To: PGR88

Possible. The dam is upstream from Wuhan.


10 posted on 05/15/2011 9:05:23 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: nuconvert

Do you expect the media to write about problems in the people’s paradise?


11 posted on 05/15/2011 9:06:31 AM PDT by meatloaf
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Thanks TigerLikesRooster. Hey, I thought the Three Gorges dam was supposed to solve all the problems. ;’)


12 posted on 05/15/2011 9:10:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

That 1,400 cubic feet of water released from the dam can’t be right. Just a drop in the river.


13 posted on 05/15/2011 9:10:59 AM PDT by decimon
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To: decimon
That 1,400 cubic feet of water released from the dam can’t be right. Just a drop in the river.

That's for sure -

A small cube measuring a little over 11 feet per side holds 1,400 cubic feet.


14 posted on 05/15/2011 9:24:49 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Every day we now throw away things people will kill for after TEOTWAWKI)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Global cooling has consequences.


15 posted on 05/15/2011 9:34:38 AM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim

Fossil fuel caused it, too. It can cause both global warming and cooling simultaneously. If climate turns bad in any way, it should be pinned on fossil fuel.


16 posted on 05/15/2011 9:37:40 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: PGR88
This is a family-friendly website, Sir. That should be darn darn.
17 posted on 05/15/2011 9:43:29 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I wonder how much swill is in that river sediment.


18 posted on 05/15/2011 9:43:29 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (We live two lives, the life we learn and the life we live with after that.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; quantim

Sorry. I forgot to put sarcasm tag at the end.


19 posted on 05/15/2011 9:45:35 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How can this be, since they’ve claimed the ability to control the weather over there since the Olympics? /sarc


20 posted on 05/15/2011 9:50:57 AM PDT by Golden Eagle
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Ping ping

(a literary reference to Ping)


21 posted on 05/15/2011 9:59:51 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Looks like a good time to do bottom repairs on the ships and maybe even a new paint job.


22 posted on 05/15/2011 10:14:01 AM PDT by bikerman (Where Has My America Gone?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I wasn’t kidding! An hour ago here in MI we were within 4 degrees of a snowstorm...in the middle of May!


23 posted on 05/15/2011 10:52:01 AM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Shanghai is located where the river intersects the ocean.
Has this affected Shanghai much?


24 posted on 05/15/2011 12:35:32 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Officials at the dam said they have opened sluice gates, sending over 1,400 cubic feet of water flushing down the river to alleviate the problems...

First, that is basically NO water. Some bathtubs full. Second, it would strike me as odd that the Chinese Dam officials would be using English units (Cubic feet?)

The number keys should be removed from they keyboard of almost anyone with a journalism degree...

25 posted on 05/15/2011 10:00:28 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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