Rising waters of the Yangtze River have revealed an island in the southeastern Chinese city of Chongqing and a trio of Buddhist statues on it, believed to be 600 years old, have been discovered. reported by the state-run Xinhua newspaper.
The three statues were found on the highest part of the islet called Foyeliang, which was first known to have been built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. One of the images shows a monk sitting on a lotus platform.
The water level of the Yangtze is falling rapidly due to drought and heat in the southern part of China.
Rainfall in the Yangtze River has been about 45% below normal since July, and temperatures will remain high for at least another week, forecasters said.
At least 66 rivers across 34 counties in Chongqing have dried up, state broadcaster CCTV said on 19 August.
One of Europe’s mighty rivers, the Danube, has sunk to its lowest level in nearly a century, revealing the hulks of 20 German warships sunk during the War. World II near the river port town of Prahovo.
Top photo: A Buddhist statue is placed on the Foyeliang boat on the Yangtze River, seen after the water level fell due to a local drought in Chongqing, China on August 20 , 2022. Credit: Thomas Peter / REUTERS.