Sizzling summer heat baking southern China has left 290 people dead in Nanchang, one of the furnace cities along the Yangtze River, news reports said Monday.

The scorching weather, which has sent temperatures in southern China soaring above 100 degrees for several weeks, also killed 89 people and sent 1,500 others to the hospital in Nanjing, reports said last week.Officials at the municipal funeral home in the Jiangxi provincial capital of Nanchang, about 820 miles south of Beijing, said more than 400 bodies were cremated during a heat wave over the past two weeks, the China News Service said.

The funeral workers said more than 290 of the dead, or about 70 percent, were old people killed by the scorching summer weather, which shows no sign of abating soon.