Rainfall shortage turns Poyang Lake into grassland

Updated: 2018-04-20

China's largest freshwater lake - Poyang Lake in Jiangxi province - is fast drying-up and might soon become a prairie or a desert due to drought. Chinese scientists are reporting with alarm that more parts of Poyang Lake have dried up leaving huge swathes of grassland in areas once inundated by up to 25 meters of water. That depth has been reduced on average to only eight meters and even this level is in danger since water levels have fallen continuously.

A boat is stranded on the grass-covered lake bed of Poyang Lake in Duchang county, Jiujiang city, East China's Jiangxi province, 17 April 2018.

An aerial view of the grass-covered lake bed of Poyang Lake hit in Duchang county, Jiujiang city, East China's Jiangxi province, 17 April 2018.

Photo taken on April 17 shows people walkING across the lake on foot as part of the Poyang Lake has completely dried up. [Photo/IC]

 

 

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