Ongoing drought challenge China’s energy, water supply – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via The China Daily:

Scorching weather and the worst drought to hit parts of China in 50 years are challenging the country’s power and supply networks, said reports from several provinces and municipalities.

Hangzhou, capital of rich eastern Zhejiang Province, was forced to resort to a blackout Tuesday, the first for this summer, to avoid the breakdown of a power transmission line in the eastern part of the city, the local power supply administration confirmed on Wednesday.

With temperatures nudging 38 degrees Celsius on Monday and Tuesday, the city’s electricity consumption reached a record 5.91 million kilowatt-hours, up 23 percent over the same period last year. [Full Text]

August 16, 2006 10:35 AM
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