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China’s Heatwave Turns Deadly as Industrial Power Cuts Begin

Summer temperatures in some regions exceed 42 degrees Celsius as Shanghai and Zhejiang report heat stroke deaths.

Pedestrians cover up amid high temperature in Chongqing, on July 13.

Pedestrians cover up amid high temperature in Chongqing, on July 13.

Photographer: He Penglei/China News Service/Getty Images

Scorching temperatures across China have turned deadly, with hospitals reporting patients dying of heat stroke, as officials begin curtailing power to factories to ensure sufficient supply for air-conditioners.

The heatwave that’s affected 900 million people over the past month is intensifying, with 76 weather stations reporting record high temperatures on Wednesday that exceeded 42 degrees Celsius (108 Fahrenheit) in some places. Polyester and textile factories in Zhejiang province began receiving power rationing notices this week, according to the South China Morning Post.