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JIUJIANG CITY, JIANGXI PROVINCE, CHINA (RECENT - DECEMBER 2019) (REUTERS) (MUTE) DRONE FOOTAGE OF RIVER THAT HAS DRIED UP VARIOUS DRONE FOOTAGE OF ANCIENT BRIDGE THAT RE-EMERGED BECAUSE OF DRIED-UP RIVER VARIOUS DRONE FOOTAGE OF BOAT THAT PREVIOUSLY SUNK IN RIVER JIUJIANG CITY, JIANGXI PROVINCE, CHINA (RECENT - DECEMBER 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FISHERMEN DRAGGING SHRIMP NET ON THE DRY RIVERBANK VARIOUS OF FISHERMEN TAKING OUT AND SHAKING OFF DIRT FROM NETS MOTOR BIKE DRIVING ON THE DRY LAND VARIOUS OF DRY FISH ON THE DRY RIVERBANK DEAD DRY FISH ABANDONED BOAT ON THE RIVERBANK FISHERMEN PICKING UP ANCIENT COINS IN THE RIVER FISHERMAN, FAN XINDE, 36, PICKING UP ANCIENT COINS FROM THE RIVER ANCIENT COIN ON FAN'S HAND (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FISHERMAN, FAN XINDE, 36, SAYING: "It's mainly because there are no other solutions. Otherwise who want to stand in the river and do this thing during wintertime? And there isn't much to pick up. In good days, I only get around 80 yuan." FISHERMEN CHECKING COINS HAND PICKING UP COIN FROM THE NET (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FISHERMAN, FAN XINDE, 36, SAYING: "Yes, it (the river drying up) has been affecting the fish. When the water level is low, the fish cannot grow bigger as there's nothing for the fish to eat. The higher the water level the easier it is to feed the fish and the bigger and more expensive the fish will be. The small fish have low value, and we won't catch the small fish." FISHERMAN SHOWING THE COIN HE PICKED UP (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FISHERMAN, FAN XINDE, 36, SAYING: "I'm young and I can work harder. But the government don't let us to do fishing, and there aren't any fish around too. So, we have to find a way out. However, actually it's impossible for us to get out now, because we have our boats, tools and children at home and we don't have skills and money to do other things." VARIOUS OF SAND MINE TRUCK WORKING AT THE SAND MINE DRONE SHOT OF VARIOUS OF FISHERMAN ZHA ZHENGNAN AND HIS DAUGHTER DRIVING A FISHING BOAT VARIOUS OF FISHERMAN ZHA ZHENGNAN AND HIS DAUGHTER DRIVING A FISHING BOAT ZHA'S DAUGHTER DRIVING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) 79-YEAR-OLD FISHERMAN ZHA ZHENGNAN , SAYING: "We can fish for another year then we can't do it anymore from the following year, as fishing will be banned. What can we do during the fishing ban? Our lives will be difficult to maintain. I'm quite old, but what about those people who are at their 50 or 40? People who are at 40 can go out and be a worker. But how about those at 50 and 60? They'll have no food to eat." VARIOUS OF ZHA COLLECTING THE FISHING NETS AND FISH FISH BEING CAUGHT (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) FISHERMAN ZHA ZHENGNAN, 79-YEAR-OLD, SAYING: "The (environment) changed a lot because of the sand digging. The fishermen don't want them to do it but they still do it. Also the Jiujiang city wants to do it too." REPORTER ASKING: "What about the Three Gorges Dam? Does it affect you?" "Yes. Of course it impacts me. What can we do? It was built by the government. The Three Gorges Dam brings great disadvantage to us. There were rumours earlier saying that a dam was considered to be built at Poyang Lake. That can't be allowed. If it is built, everyone will have to quit fishing." REPORTER ASKING: What are the disadvantages? "If they build the dam there then the fish can't come up to here. There won't have any fish then." VARIOUS OF ZHA PICKING UP FISHING NET FISH ON TRAPPED ON THE NET ZHA SITTING ON THE NOSE OF THE BOAT CONSTRUCTION ON THE RIVER ZHA CARRYING FISHING NET WALKING VARIOUS OF FISHERMAN COLLECTING FISH FROM THE NET RED RIBBON HANGING ON THE TREE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE FROM THE FISHING VILLAGE PRAYING

'No Food To Eat': Chinese Fishermen Worry As Biggest Freshwater Lake Dries...

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