Record heatwave in China subsides after 'significant impact' on agriculture

A woman weeding a field that is covered by a net to protect the crops from direct sunlight, in Jiangxi province, China, on Aug 27, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
An aerial view of a dried-up at Poyang Lake, which is experiencing record low water levels, outside Nanchang in Jiangxi province. PHOTO: REUTERS
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BEIJING - The months-long heatwave in China's south-west has shown signs of abating, with Chongqing and neighbouring Sichuan province receiving heavy rain over the weekend, bringing to an end the extreme temperatures and drought that have wreaked havoc on the region.

Beginning last Friday (Aug 26), parts of Chongqing and Sichuan were lashed by heavy rain - the first rainfall since Aug 7 - with local media attributing the precipitation to cloud-seeding efforts.

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