A section of Yellow River in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region has entered the frozen period, according to the Yellow River Conservancy Commission under the Ministry of Water Resources.
Running 5,464 kilometers long, the Yellow River's section in Inner Mongolia accounts for one-sixth of the river's total. In mid-November 2023, flowing shards of ice began to appear in this section, with a mix of ice and water flowing together.
The freezing process of the Yellow River in this section first began in mid-December. As of Tuesday, it had completely frozen, forming a solid layer of ice. As much as 673 kilometers of the river had frozen up, said the commission.
During the 2023-2024 frozen period, this section of the Yellow River encountered frequent cold air masses and drastic temperature fluctuations. Although icing began earlier than usual this year, the formation of a solid ice cover was delayed and the ice layer is thinner.
As the frozen period progressed and the temperature continued to drop, the section was iced over and frozen rapidly. Local authorities are on alert of ice-jam flooding, so as to ensure safety during the frozen period.