China's coal burning for power generation could be partially eased as heavy rains sweeping southern China promised more hydropower output.
In May 10-11, heavy downpours were lashing parts of Guangxi, Guangdong, Jiangxi and Fujian. Some areas may encounter precipitation of up to 60 mm per hour, accompanied by thunderstorms and gales.
Yangtze River levels were about 74 centimeters higher in April than historical norms, and the Three Gorges Dam reservoir rose to within a meter of the record set in August 2020.
China's hydropower generation increased remarkably in March thanks to increased rainfall in the south region. The country's hydropower generation totaled 80.52 TWh in March, soaring 19.8% from a year earlier, the latest official statistics showed.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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