Railway maintenance workers suffer baking temperatures

Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has been scorched for days under a heat wave witnessing the highest temperature of 45 degrees Celsius.

But many have to work outdoors under the scorching sun.

Regardless of a red alert for high temperatures issued by local meteorologic department, 55-year-old Cui Hongjun is doing a daily maintenance on a section of rail line with his 17 colleagues.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): CUI HONGJUN, Railway maintenance worker
“It’s too hot. Once I’m sweating, it evaporates rapidly in the sun.”

The red alert has stayed for four days on Sunday.

Red represents the most severe weather in a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

Under the red alert, outdoor work should be suspended due to heat stroke risk.

However, to maintain the safety of the train operation, Cui and his fellowmen can not stop their work following the suggestion.

The Daheyan Train Station, where Cui works, is some 50 kilometers away from Turpan Basin, where the highest ground temperature of 75 degrees Celsius was registered on Sunday.

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