Europe has seen weeks of blistering drought, which has also uncovered long-buried riches. A similar incident has occurred in China as ancient Buddha statues were revealed after receding water levels of China’s Yangtze river.
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Dropping Yangtze River water levels have uncovered a submerged island in the city of Chongqing in southwest China and three Buddha statues on it that are thought to be 600 years old, according to state media Xinhua.
The three statues were discovered on the highest point of the Foyeliang island reef, which was first thought to have been constructed during the Ming and Qing eras, reports The Epoch Times.
A drought and a heat wave in southwest China have caused the Yangtze’s water levels to drop significantly.
Since July, precipitation in the Yangtze basin has been roughly 45% lower than average, and hot temperatures are expected to last at least another week, according to government estimates.
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In 34 counties throughout Chongqing, as many as 66 rivers had dried up, according to state television station CCTV on Friday.
Europe has seen weeks of blistering drought, which has also uncovered long-buried riches.
The discovery of the “Spanish Stonehenge,” a prehistoric stone circle in Spain, has thrilled researchers. The Danube, another major river in Europe, has dropped to one of its lowest levels in almost a century, exposing the wrecks of over 20 German battleships that were destroyed during World War Two close to the river port city of Prahovo in Serbia.