- China’s strategic coal reserves began operating amid prolonged heatwaves in central, southwestern and eastern China from June 6 to now.
- China launches UAV to sow rain in Sichuan
Since Aug. 7, the heatwave in Sichuan has risen to “the most extreme level in 60 years” and average rainfall is down 51 percent year-on-year.
Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius remained for days affecting dozens of cities, causing demand for air conditioning to rise, putting pressure on the power grid.
The power crisis was exacerbated by the drought, when the water level of the Yangtze River, China’s longest river, fell, affecting the output of hydropower plants.