Ministries warn of drought and other natural disaster risks for November

Aerial photo taken on Aug. 24, 2022 shows a section of the Yangtze River in Chaisang District of Jiujiang City, east China’s Jiangxi Province. Due to the continued high temperature and decreased rainfall, the water level of the Yangtze River in parts of Jiujiang City has dropped significantly. Jiangxi province upgraded its emergency drought response from level IV to level III on Wednesday as of 10 a.m. as the drought continues. (Xinhua/Zhou Mi)

Chinese authorities have studied the natural disaster risk situation for November and warned of drought, forest fires and other risks in parts of the country, according to an official notice issued by the Ministry of Management on Tuesday. emergencies (MEM).

Experts said the warnings will help guide local authorities and farmers to make the necessary preparations to reduce potential losses.

Drought in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River basin is expected to continue into November, after an unprecedented summer drought hit the south of the country, according to the MEM’s advisory of a recent multi-agency risk meeting. of natural disaster situation for November.

In October, most of the country’s major rivers recorded low flows, and the water levels of the main Yangtze River, as well as Dongting and Poyang lakes, were at the lowest levels for the period compared to to previous years, according to the MEM.

Rainfall is 20 to 50 percent lower than the same period in previous years along the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, and the drought in the southern Yangtze River will continue. There is a strong possibility of continued drought in the summer, fall and winter, MEM officials said.

Temperatures in some regions including Shanghai, Jiangsu and Anhui in eastern China, Hubei in central China and Chongqing in southwest China are also expected to be 1-2C. higher in November than in previous years.

Along with the risk of drought, some parts of the country will continue to experience the risk of forest fires, geological disasters and other risks such as low temperatures, snow and frost, which could also have a negative impact on the agricultural production, according to the MEM.

The weather hazard alert issued by the authorities will help local governments and farmers to “take precautions” and “carry out more drought relief efforts” such as boosting agricultural irrigation, Li said. Guoxiang, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of Rural Development, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Li said that with such precautions, the impact on agricultural production will be limited and farmers’ losses could be reduced. Solid works involving the fall and winter sowing periods should also go smoothly.

China has harvested 1.191 billion mu (79.8 million hectares) of fall cereals, about more than 91% of all fall crops, according to official data.

Over 85 percent of winter wheat and about 86 percent of winter rapeseed had been sown by Monday, according to Xinhua News Agency.

A farmer named Lin in Ninghai, east China’s Zhejiang province, told the Global Times on Tuesday that the fall harvest was going smoothly. Another farmer from the same county, surnamed Wang, said he had finished planting winter wheat and the job went well.