In November, the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters of Hunan Province began releasing water from upstream reservoirs in efforts to restore water to the near-dry Xiangjiang River in Changsha City.
From October to November, the river basin received only 28 millimeters of rainfall, or 69% less than average, causing water levels to descend below the minimum supply level.
In some parts, the river is completely dry, endangering the drinking water safety and sustainability of nearby communities. With no precipitation forecast in the near future, provincial officials also began discussing construction of emergency water intake points toward the middle of the river.
Meanwhile, prolonged drought in the northwestern Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has prompted recommendations for a pipeline to divert seawater from the coast of the eastern Bohai Sea, thousands of kilometers away.
These dry conditions in the nation follow record water lows that were already seen in 2009. We are thankful for the efforts of the Chinese government to provide fellow citizens with adequate amounts of precious water.
Our prayers that the affected areas are soon relieved with blessed rains as we step in unison toward sustainable measures that restore the Earth’s equilibrium.
Ever concerned for humanity’s welfare, Supreme Master Ching Hai highlighted the grave tolls of climate change as well as the most effective solution in a video message for a June 2009 conference in Mexico.