China: Severe drought conditions along Yangtze river could last well into September

 China has warned that a severe drought along the Yangtze River could continue into September as local governments are busy finding sources of fresh water to irrigate crops and conserve electricity ahead of the autumn harvest. At least 16 people have died in floods caused by torrential rains in western China's Qinghai province, state media reported Thursday. In the basin of the Yangtze River, China's longest river, the subtropical high pressure in the western Pacific was higher than normal, and the heat wave that lasted for more than two months reduced the production of hydroelectric power and dried up extensive agricultural lands. . In a vast area southwest of Chongqing, home to most of the Yangtze Three Gorges Reservoir, the power grid is struggling to catch up with electricity in other parts of the country as supplies to industrial customers are distributed, state media reported. China's state-owned company has also pledged to do its best to power neighboring Sichuan pro