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Hunan hit by heat wave

08-06-2010 08:22 BJT Special Report:China Battles Heat Wave |

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The Central Meteorological Center has issued more high temperature warnings. The heat wave is affecting western and southern parts of the Yellow and Huai rivers, and most parts along the Yangtze river.

Shaanxi, Sichuan, Chongqing, Guizhou will face temperatures up to 38 degree Celsius. In Hunan and Jiangxi, it could hit 40 degrees. However, the heat in Shandong, Henan and Jiangsu will ease.

Power supplies in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province, have finally reached their limit coping with surging demands in the hot weather.

With electricity curfews, residents would struggle through the scorching heat staying at home. So, they come together in public places to enjoy free air conditioning.

Meals and soft drinks are an extra incentive, so they can stay here all day and not have to worry about access to food or water.

Residential communities in the province have enforced an electricity ban between 8 pm to 4 am. It has caused many inconveniences for residents. Those in high rises can't catch lifts, so they have the long arduous task of walking up stairs. Plus, it's impossible to keep food fresh in the fridge.

Hunan's power supply bureau is under huge pressure to provide more electricity. It has dispatched every available worker, rushing from one end of the city to the other to resolve emergencies.

For a team of experienced workers, a single power cut accident can take two to three hours to fix. Everyday, there are nearly 150 incidents around the Changsha city. This is expected to last another two to three weeks.

Hunan depends heavily on burning coal for the province's power supply. Water reservoirs also help to produce electricity. Currently, the reserves for the two main sources of energy are sufficient. But, the transmission equipment is struggling with the strain of heavy demands.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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