Heatwave, drought in China have far-reaching implications - and more problems lie ahead

Pagodas that usually remain partially submerged in Poyang Lake in Lushan, China, on Aug 24, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

BEIJING - Extreme weather and drought in much of southwest China, largely centred in Sichuan province, has led to a hydropower crunch whose effects are felt across much of China.

While factories in Sichuan and Chongqing have already been forced to cut power use in a bid to conserve energy, the southwestern province also exports hydro-generated power to Jiangxi and Shanghai, which are starting to experience shortages.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.