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Rolling power outages have affected millions of people in the Sichuan province of southwest China in addition to a severe temperature and drought.

China: Millions face power cuts due to the heatwave

According to local media, blackouts in Dazhou, China a city of 5.4 million, can last up to three hours. They claim that as a result of emergency efforts to divert power supply to homes, firms in the province have been compelled to reduce production or stop operations.

According to officials, hydropower reservoirs are currently down by much to 50%. Recently, temperatures in Sichuan and the other regions have surpassed 40C (104F).

As a result, the demand for electricity for air conditioning in homes and businesses skyrocketed, placing enormous pressure on power suppliers. Asia’s longest river, the Yangtze, is currently at record low levels. There have been periods where the rainfall has been less than half of normal.

The river in Wuhan, Hubei province, is at its lowest point for this time of year since records have been kept, which dates back to 1865. Although the water supply for hundreds of millions of people’s drinking water has not yet been compromised, there is a lack of water for irrigating crops.

For the purpose of defending this year’s harvest, pumps and cloud-seeding rockets are being used.

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