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Chinese fighter planes bomb frozen river

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A fighter plane drops bombs to break up ice floating at the Ordos section of the Yellow River on March 22 in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China. As the temperature picked up in early March, 225 kilometers of the frozen section of the Yellow River in Ningxia partly thawed and started to flow downstream towards Inner Mongolia. Workers are busy breaking up the ice so it will not block approaching ice runs and lead to flooding.

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A section of the Yellow River which flows through Ordos is seen on March 22 in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.

I've seen several examples in the last couple of months of military hardware being used to affect weather conditions. Take a look back at these recent posts about Russian forces shelling a snow-covered mountain to prevent avalanches and the Chinese military firing an anti-aircraft gun at clouds to ease drought conditions.