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Heat Wave Scorching Crops in China May Cut Rice, Cotton Output

Rice and cotton output in China, the world’s biggest producer, may drop this year amid a deadly heat wave across much of the country, according to researcher Shanghai JC Intelligence Co.

Hangzhou, Chongqing and Fuzhou provinces across the middle of the country are bracing for their hottest days so far this year, the Shanghai Daily reported today. Temperatures are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in Shanghai where the heat wave has killed at least 11 people since July, according to the report.