Three Gorges Project 'not to blame' for severe drought
Updated: 2006-08-19 09:44 Chinese meteorologists on
Friday denied that the Three Gorges Project was linked to the severe drought,
the worst in 50 years, that is ravaging western areas of China.
Dong Wenjie, director of the climate
research centre under the China Meteorological Administration, said in Beijing
that there is no relation between the current drought and the Three Gorges
Project, China's largest hydro-power project.
plays on a dried-up river bed in southwest China's Chongqing municipality,
August 18, 2006. At least 14 million people and 15 million livestock are
suffering from a shortage of drinking water as continuous droughts and
searing heat ravage western China, Xinhua News Agency reported.
The global greenhouse effect is the chief reason for droughts, especially in
upper latitude regions of the northern hemisphere, he said. China's Chongqing
Municipality and Sichuan Province, the worst-hit areas, are located in these
According to the expert, the global greenhouse effect had led to rising
temperatures, abnormal climate change and severe drought, as well as a series of
social problems, such as drought-triggered poverty.
The direct reason for the drought in western China is the impact of abnormal
air movements over the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the expert said.
Caused by booming human activities, deforestation and industrial projects in
urban areas, the heat island effect around big cities also plays a role in
producing the hot weather and rising temperatures. The heat island effect around
Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, and Chongqing has partly led to a dry
summer and a lack of rainfall.
According to experts at meteorological stations of Sichuan and Chongqing,
constant typhoons, which have landed in coastal areas in southern and eastern
China this summer, have prevented the entry of cold air fronts into the Sichuan
Without cold air, the basin is covered solely by high-pressure currents and
has no chance to produce rainfall, experts said.
The dry weather over the basin will continue until August 20 due to a lack of
moisture in the air currents.
The Three Gorges Project will not produce any negative influence on the local
atmosphere, said Liu De, director of Chongqing municipal meteorological