Strong thunderstorms disrupt electricity supplies in northern China

Power has been restored to parts of north-east China after several heavy rainfalls disrupted electrical supplies. State news agency Xinhua reported on Monday that several villages in Dalian and Liaoning in Liaoning province had…

Strong thunderstorms disrupt electricity supplies in northern China

Power has been restored to parts of north-east China after several heavy rainfalls disrupted electrical supplies.

State news agency Xinhua reported on Monday that several villages in Dalian and Liaoning in Liaoning province had been “warmed up” after their power supplies were knocked out. People in Hubei province and Ningxia in the north-west have also been affected.

Before the storm hit, highways and rail networks in the area were closed. On Sunday, Beijing’s skies were reportedly dark and dry. The storm also caused flooding in the heavily populated port city of Tianjin, where many highways were closed and heavy rain poured.

The storm is reportedly the fourth major one of the year, with four worse-than-average temperatures recorded across China since November.

Many cities in northern China have urged people to cover their head and refrain from using hairbrushes and facial masks during extreme heat.

Meanwhile, the Chinese government is investigating three meteorological research institutes and an official government newspaper for inadequate emergency planning during a strong typhoon in December that also affected large swathes of western China.

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