Deadly China heat wave declared ‘weather emergency’

The heat wave in China has left dozens dead and triggered a “Level 2” weather emergency, a label normally used for typhoons and flooding.

China heat wave: A man passed out from high temperatures.

Rescuers save a man who fainted due to high temperature in Hengyang, central China’s Hunan province on July 31, 2013.

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SHANGHAI — It’s been so hot in China that folks are grilling shrimp on manhole covers, eggs are hatching without incubators, and a highway billboard has mysteriously caught fire by itself.

The heat wave, the worst in at least 140 years in some parts, has left dozens of people dead and pushed thermometers above 104 degrees in at least 40 cities and counties, mostly in the south and east. Authorities for the first time have declared the heat a “Level 2” weather emergency — a label normally invoked for typhoons and flooding.

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