11 dead in Shanghai’s hottest summer in 140 years

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
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  • Updated: Aug 01, 2013 00:58 IST

At least 11 persons have died of heatstroke in Shanghai which is experiencing its hottest summer in 140 years as temperatures soar to record highs in many parts of China, triggering a drought and impacting livelihood.

For the first time, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has issued a level-two emergency heat - organge -- alert to warn citizens about taking precautions when stepping out of their homes and offices.

"Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Chongqing and Shanghai meteorological bureaus should enter into emergency response on the basis of actual weather conditions," the centre said.

According to statistics from the National Climate Center, affiliated with the CMA, since July 1 the heat wave has spread across one third of China's territory. "An area of 189,000 square kilometers saw temperatures soaring above 35 C for more than 20 days in July," state media reported.

Reports added that with 24 days of temperatures at or above 35 degrees Celsius monitored so far, this July has been the hottest for the financial and business center since weather records started 140 years ago.

Temperatures in Shanghai surpassed 39 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, the 8th straight day for temperatures to rise above 38 degrees Celsius, the Shanghai Meteorological Center said.

On Wednesday, an elderly sailor from Taiwan died of multiple organ failure triggered by heatstroke on Wednesday morning, the latest victim of the unprecedented summer heat scorching the Chinese business hub, state-run Xinhua said.

The 64-year-old sailor, surnamed Zeng, began his ship inspection and repair work on July 13 and showed serious symptoms of heatstroke 10 days later, according to the Jinshan branch of the Shanghai General Station of Exit and Entry Frontier Inspection.

He died early Wednesday morning at a Shanghai hospital.

A reporter from a Shanghai TV station successfully barbecued pork slices on outdoor marble in just ten minutes.

According to the BBC, the practice appears to have become popular, with photos of slices of bacon and fish being barbecued outdoors by the heat appearing online.

Drought has affected 12.2 million people in mountainous Guizhou Province, leaving 2 million people there to deal with temporary drinking water shortages and damaging 840,000 hectares of crops, the provincial government said on Tuesday.


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