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Drought sapping China's biggest fresh water lake

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Water levels in China's largest fresh water lake are nearing record lows as a drought exacerbates existing shortages, state media said Wednesday.

The situation in Poyang Lake in east China's Jiangxi province had caused severe water shortages for industrial and residential users, Xinhua news agency reported.

The water level was five centimetres (two inches) below the record low at one hydrological station on Tuesday, while at another station it was 0.78 metres (2.6 feet) above the lowest recorded point, it said.

Since mid-September, rainfall in Jiangxi has been 77 percent below normal, the lowest since 1960, the report said, citing the local meteorological bureau.

Poyang Lake is fed by five rivers in south China and empties into the Yangtze river, China's biggest.

The lake is a huge bird sanctuary as it lies along the migratory paths of many Asian avian species.

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