A plant root lies on the bed of the dried up Shiyang river on the outskirts of Minqin town, Gansu province September 18, 2013. Beijing blames climate change for wreaking havoc on scarce water ... more 
A plant root lies on the bed of the dried up Shiyang river on the outskirts of Minqin town, Gansu province September 18, 2013. Beijing blames climate change for wreaking havoc on scarce water resources, but critics say the country's headlong drive to build its industrial prowess and huge hydro projects are just as responsible. Hundreds of rivers have already vanished in northwestern Gansu, one of the country's driest regions. In the town of Minqin, residents said the problem was not new, with the nearby Shiyang river disappearing not because of temperature rises, but because a vast upstream reservoir built two decades ago to irrigate a large farm cut off their supply. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS SOCIETY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 24 OF 28 FOR PACKAGE 'CLIMATE CHANGE - THE SHIYANG RIVER' SEARCH 'CLIMATE SHIYANG' FOR ALL PICTURES less 
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