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Shandong, Anhui provinces battles lingering heat wave

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Shandong, Anhui provinces battles lingering heat wave

2024-06-19 23:36 Last Updated At:06-20 00:47

The provinces of Shandong and Anhui in east China are enduring a persistent heat wave, with various measures taken to mitigate the effects of the summer heat.

High-temperature affecting the central and western regions of east China's Shandong Province will last from Tuesday to Friday. As of 06:00 on Tuesday, the meteorological department in Shandong has issued high-temperature warnings for a total of 59 areas.

On Monday, the office for disaster risk reduction in the province and other departments issued a notice to ensure the stable supply of electricity, gas, water, and other energy sources, as well as to guarantee the livelihoods of the people. The aim is to respond promptly and effectively to any potential risks.

The urban management department in Jinan, the provincial capital, has adjusted working hours and offered guidance on heatstroke prevention to outdoor workers, including sanitation crews.

"[When the heat is at its worst], we require to suspend the sanitation crew's outdoor work from 11:00 to 16:00. We also make adjustments during other time periods based on the actual weather," said Zhou Shengjun, director of the Environmental Sanitation Management Division of the Jinan Urban Management Bureau.

In addition, construction companies in Dezhou City have taken heatstroke prevention measures for outdoor workers.

"We strictly control the duration of outdoor working and avoid working under high temperature at noon. We have also set up tea rooms and restrooms at the construction site to ensure our work go smoothly in the hot weather," said Zhang Zhibin, Deputy Manager of 900,000 tons of wheat processing project in Dezhou, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO).

The heat has resulted in a rapid increase in the power load of electric grid in Dezhou's Linyi County. The maximum load reached 455,000 kilowatts, representing an 8.6 percent year-on-year growth. Therefore, the local power supply department has been conducting inspections of transmission lines using a combination of manual inspection and drone surveillance to promptly identify and eliminate any potential risks.

Due to the combined effects of inadequate rainfall and high temperatures, the impact of drought on agricultural work persists in the northern regions of east China's Anhui Province. To alleviate the drought situation in northern Anhui, the province is implementing large-scale water diversion projects.

Starting last Wednesday, the Paihekou pump station located in Hefei, the provincial capital, began pumping out water. As of Tuesday, over 72 million cubic meters of water have been pumped out.

According to the provincial water resources department, the water diversion project from the Paihekou pump station started at 21:00 last Wednesday and will continue until 18:00 on Thursday.

Shandong, Anhui provinces battles lingering heat wave

Shandong, Anhui provinces battles lingering heat wave

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Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

2024-07-19 22:05 Last Updated At:22:57

A sewing workshop has been operating in ruins to mend worn-out clothes for displaced Palestinians in the war-torn Gaza Strip, as Israel's continuous destruction of the enclave has made new clothes a luxury almost impossible to come by or afford.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Gaza said in early July that a total of 1.9 million people, around 80 percent of the region's population, were displaced.

However, in a room behind demolished walls in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis, a sewing workshop has quietly been set up, with some workers using sewing machines recovered from a bombed-out tailoring workshop to provide mending services.

"I opened the workshop after I was able to recover the sewing machines and some fabric from the old factory. I work to serve all the displaced people of the Gaza Strip, such as people from the al-Mawasi area in Khan Younis and the Nuseirat [refugee camp]," said Abu Samer Shaat, the workshop owner.

The prolonged and intense Israel-Hamas conflict has forced a great number of Gazan families to flee from one place to another. Due to the continuous destruction of their homes and shelters, all they left were the clothes they wear.

Shops, markets and factories were turned into rubble as a result of the Israeli bombing, and the surviving trading sites in Gaza also suffer a shortage of clothes and fabrics due to Israel's ban on entry of goods and materials.

"Our clothes became loose. We had to take them to tailors to mend them as they had become worn out. There are no new clothes in the market. If there are a few, the prices will be very high, and we will not be able to buy them because we do not have any source of income. Our entire lives have come to a halt," said Hoda Al-Maghari, a displaced Palestinian.

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

Sewing workshop struggles in ruins to mend clothes for displaced Gaza residents

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