600-year-old Buddhist statues found at the bottom of the Yangtze River in China

600-year-old Buddhist statues found at the bottom of the Yangtze River in China

Three statues were found on the highest part of Foyelian Island Reef. Scientists have established that they were created during the Ming and Qing dynasties. One of the statues depicts a monk sitting on a pedestal in a lotus position.

China issued a nationwide drought warning for the first time in 9 years. Water levels in the Yangtze are dropping rapidly due to heat waves in the southwest of the country.

Precipitation in the Yangtze basin has been about 45 percent below normal since July, and high temperatures are likely to continue and more.

August 19, state broadcaster CCTV reported that 66 rivers in 34 counties in Chongqing had dried up.

One of Europe's largest rivers, the Danube, has dwindled to one of its lowest levels in recent 100 years. The wrecks of more than 20 German warships that sank during World War II near the Serbian river port town of Prahovo were exposed.

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