Shanghai summer: 10 people die of heatstroke

At least 10 people have died in Shanghai of heatstroke as record summer heatwave in 140 years hit China`s gleaming commercial hub.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2013, 19:39 PM IST

Beijing: At least 10 people have died in Shanghai of heatstroke as record summer heatwave in 140 years hit China`s gleaming commercial hub.

The Shanghai Meteorological Centre said 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 centre since weather records started 140 years ago.

Ten heatwave related deaths were reported from Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.

Video clips show several people attempting to fry fish and omelette keeping the pans under the sun.

Besides Shanghai, Beijing and several top Chinese cities are reeling under heatwave which was expected to continue next month.

Summer heatwave triggered level two emergency response to heat from the China Meteorological Administration.

The level two emergency response to heat covers provinces including eastern Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Jiangxi, central Hunan and Hubei, southern Fujian, and Shanghai and Chongqing municipalities.

Temperatures are expected to climb as high as 41 degrees Celsius in central Zhejiang Province, the southeast Sichuan Basin and parts of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the CMA said.

Authorities have warned the public against heatstroke and fires. They have also recommended that people take sufficient measures to stay cool and limit outdoor activities.

PTI