Floods Follow Drought in China

Huge parts of China have been affected by some of the worst drought conditions in decades. Fishermen, farmers, and wildlife have been enduring hardships for months now. In an effort to alleviate the crisis, China's Three Gorges Dam has been discharging water to the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. However, since early June, a series of torrential rainstorms has been pounding southern China, overwhelming parched farmlands and triggering some of the worst flooding since 1955. So far, 175 have been reported dead and 86 missing. Chinese officials say they plan to double investments in water conservation projects, as the country deals with a shortage of 40 billion cubic meters of water each year. Gathered below are recent images from China, a nation that has been coping first with too little water, then with far too much.

Read more
Hints: View this page full screen. Skip to the next and previous photo by typing j/k or ←/→.

Most Recent

  • Eric Thayer/ Reuters

    Photos of the Week: 4/25-5/1

    This week we have images from the disaster in Nepal, a pangolin released into the wild in Sumatra, the protests in Baltimore, a rainbow in Bolivia, unrest in Burundi, newlyweds in Egypt, May Day protests in Turkey, and much more.

  • Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

    Rescue and Recovery in Nepal

    Five days have passed since Nepal suffered a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, and rescue teams are still discovering trapped victims alive in the rubble and rescuing them.

  • John Moore/2015 Sony World Photography Awards

    Winners of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

    Last week, the Sony World Photography Awards announced this year's list of winners.

  • Matt Rourke/AP

    The Day After: Cleaning Up in Baltimore

    On Tuesday, Baltimore residents began to clear the wreckage of rioting and fires that erupted the day before, after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody. People around Baltimore formed volunteer clean-up crews on Tuesday to help affected store owners, repair damaged structures, and clean streets strewn with debris.

Join the Discussion