China is gripped by its worst drought in 60 years but meteorologists are reticent about making a firm forecast.
The newspapers suggest that China’s weather forecasters expect rain in the next few days but are fearful of making an official prediction. The stakes are very high.
In its wheat growing areas the country is experiencing the worst drought for 60 years. Grain hoarding is already a problem, according to a TV report about farmers who are reluctant to sell their stocks because they expect the price to increase in the near future.
The Guardian (UK) reports that even without the complication of climate change, water scarcity in China is a long-term problem that has been exacerbated by the growing demands of agriculture, industry and urban centers.
A People’s Daily article this week noted that 40% of the lakes in Jiangsu – a wealthy workshop province – have dried up in the past 30 years.