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Beijing and Shanghai face blackouts in deepening power crunch

Rolling outages come as factories suspend work and water supply unstable

Power lines in Beijing: Planned power outages are believed to affect 10,000 residents in the capital.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China has begun rolling blackouts in Beijing and Shanghai, metropolises home to 48 million people, as the country struggles with crippling power shortages that have hit key factories in a further threat to the economy. 

The Beijing office of State Grid Corp. of China said it will begin scheduled power outages in select areas through Sunday. Electricity will mainly be cut for a few daytime hours at a time.

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