Southern China at risk of winter drought, drop in hydropower

SINGAPORE — Southern China is expected to face a drought, which will reduce hydropower generation and mean more power output is needed from other sources to meet peak winter demand, a weather scientist said Thursday.

“Most parts of China are forecast to have near- or less rainfall this winter than a normal year. But southern China could see drought or even severe drought,” Shen Yanbo, chief scientist at the public service center of China Meteorological Administration, told a seminar hosted by state-backed Chongqing Gas Exchange.

China’s Ministry of Emergency Management also on Tuesday said it expected a drought along the Yangtze basin in November, while central and southern C…

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