Drought leaves 160 boats stranded in China riverJanuary 13th, 2009 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS
Guangzhou (China), Jan 13 (Xinhua) About 160 boats were stranded in a river in south China’s Guangdong province after a drought lowered the water to a level where navigation was not possible.The boats ran aground in the Beijiang river after levels receded by more than three meters, blocking the waterway.
“The water level has been dropping over the past three days because of a lack of rainfall in this region,” said an official with the Beijiang Waterway Administration Bureau.
“In some areas along the river, the water level is below one meter,” he said. “The bureau was still considering the best way of freeing the vessels.”
“The only thing I can do is hope for a dredger to arrive and the rain,” said a crewman sitting idle on a boat.
The 486-km-long river is one of the most important waterways in Guangdong. It supplies water to millions of people and cities including Foshan, Qingyuan and the provincial capital Guangzhou.
Guangdong has had no rain since the end of 2008, causing sustained drought in eastern areas.
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