China’s most important hydropower hub in Sichuan province has suffered from high temperatures, power outages, wildfires, and the COVID pandemic.

Reuters cited Chinese state-run media Caixin reporting that Sichuan authorities extended curbs on industrial power consumers until August 25th. The action came after dwindling hydropower output and surging demand for household electricity due to a prolonged heatwave. 

Ms. Li lives on the 25th floor in an apartment in Guang’an, Sichuan. Due to a power outage in the area, she used a rope to pull up her orders from the ground floor. 

Power outages mean that the elevator doesn’t work. Worried that the delivery man would get heat stroke when he climbed to the 25th floor, this woman came up with an idea. She used a rope that her father once used on the construction site. The rope was strong, so she used it to pull her orders up.

Regarding the incident, many other netizens also shared their own sad stories.

One user said, “Yesterday, I climbed to the 25th-floor office building twice. The elevator stopped. I’m really going crazy. Today my calf is sore.” 

Another wrote, “The power outage in Guang’an, Sichuan was really serious; my grandma said she couldn’t sleep at night at all, she had to wait for the electricity to turn on the air conditioner for a while.”

Another video shows that at 11 p.m. on August 18th, many residents in Dazhou, Sichuan gathered on the bridge late at night to enjoy the cool air. The man who filmed the video said Dazhou saw power cuts for about a week. Each time it lasted for up to seven hours.

On August 22nd, a Sichuan woman shared a video of her chicken farm. In a trembling voice, the woman said that all her chickens had died of the heat and power outage. She suffered heavy losses.

Recently, a woman uploaded a video on the internet saying that her restaurant in a commercial plaza in Chengdu had been notified about the power cuts. As a result, all restaurants would be closed. The woman lamented in the video that she worried hundreds of thousands of ingredients in the refrigerator could not be saved.

She said that this year’s catering target is too difficult. July and August are peak seasons for all people working in catering. But now they have to face this difficulty.

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