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The Bund: Iconic Shanghai skyline goes dark as drought hits power supply

675 million people worldwide without electricity: report
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According to media reports, the iconic Shanghai skyline, known as The Bund, will not be lit for two nights in order to save energy.

According to the BBC, the waterfront area is a popular tourist destination because of its mix of historical and futuristic buildings.

A record-breaking heatwave has caused severe drought in large parts of the world’s second largest economy.

According to a notice issued on Sunday by the Shanghai Landscaping and City Appearance Administrative Bureau, buildings along the city’s largest river, The Bund, will be dark on Monday and Tuesday.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause,” it said in the notice.

China issued its first national drought alert of the year last week, following weeks of extreme heat in areas such as Shanghai in the Yangtze Delta region and Sichuan in southwest China.

On the official scale, the ‘yellow alert’ is the third most severe level.

Power shortages were caused by rising temperatures and low rainfall, as well as increased demand for air conditioning, according to officials in the Sichuan province, where temperatures have surpassed 40 degrees Celsius.

According to media reports, the province has extended its power-saving measures by five days to Thursday. These restrict power supply to certain industrial businesses.

Volkswagen told the BBC that its factory in Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital, is still closed.

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