CHONGQING, China (AP) — Ships slipped through the middle of the Yangtze on Friday after China’s driest summer in six decades left one of the mightiest rivers barely half its normal width and sparked a scramble to contain the damage to a weak economy in a politically sensitive year.
Factories in Sichuan province and the adjacent southwest metropolis of Chongqing have been ordered to close after reservoirs that supply hydroelectricity fell to half their normal level and demand for air conditioning grew in scorching temperatures.
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