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Europe heat wave: Paris latest to break record with 42.6C

Paris saw a record high temperature of 42.6C (108.7F) on Thursday, amid a heatwave that broke records across Western Europe. A red alert was issued in north France. Germany also set a new national temperature record of 41.5C, passing the figure set just a day before. The UK recorded a record temperature for July of 38.1C, with trains told to ... Read More »

Blistering heat wave kills hundreds in India

Sweltering temperatures and a severe water crisis have claimed more than 300 lives in India. Officials have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the country to prevent accidental fires that have killed 80 more people. A weeks-long heat wave and severe drought conditions in many parts of the South Asian country have destroyed crops and killed livestock. At least 330 million Indians are facing an acute water crisis due to a lack of rain and soaring temperatures. Monsoon rains are not expected before June. So far, some 300 people have died of heat-related problems this month, including 110 in the state of Orissa, 137 in Telengana, and another 45 in Andhra Pradesh, where temperatures since the start of April have reached 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit). Y.K. Reddy, a meteorological official, said the situation would likely get worse in May. Water crisis The southern Karnataka state is one of the worst-hit regions. "The Bhima River has dried up. We are distressed as we don't have water and we have to travel at least three to four miles to get some water," Mahiboob, a resident of the Gulbarga city, said Saturday. The residents of the eastern West Bengal state are also facing a similar situation. "The water crisis is very bad here. Wells have dried up in almost every household. The water from hand pumps is not fit for drinking or for other chores. The few areas which have access to water also don't get usable water. This is causing us a lot of discomfort," said Babita Acharya, a resident of the Siliguri city. Ban on daytime cooking Meanwhile, the authorities in the eastern state of Bihar have banned people from cooking during daytime. Accidental fires due to dry and hot weather have killed some 80 people in the country. "We call this the fire season in Bihar," Vyas, a disaster management official, said on Friday. "Strong, westerly winds stoke fires which spread easily and cause great damage," he said. More than 1,800 people had died last year as a result of a blistering heat wave sweeping across the South Asian nation. Most victims of the soaring temperatures were homeless and elderly people as well as construction workers.

Sweltering temperatures and a severe water crisis have claimed more than 300 lives in India. Officials have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the country to prevent accidental fires that have killed 80 more people. A weeks-long heat wave and severe drought conditions in many parts of the South Asian country have destroyed crops and killed livestock. At least ... Read More »

Deadliest, week-long Pakistan heatwave kills 1,233 in Karachi

Tens of thousands of people have been treated for heatstroke in Pakistan's southern port of Karachi. The heatwave, the worst on record, has already killed 1,233 people, local authorities say. About 65,000 heatstroke patients have been treated by doctors at Karachi's hospitals since June 20 according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The heatwave has affected Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital. Temperatures have reached 45 degrees Celsius (113 degress Fahrenheit). Operations director Nazar Mohammad Bozdar said that 1,923 patients with heat-related ailments were still being treated. There have been power outages and many people have spent nights outdoors in cooler air. "The government quickly responded by making arrangements for the treatment of heatstroke patients and the situation has improved now," he said. Pakistan's deadliest heatwave on record has taken place at the same time as the holy month of Ramadan, when the Muslim community fast from dawn to dusk. Salma Kausar Ali of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation said that temperatures in Pakistan's most populated city have started to come down, towards 36 and 37 degrees Celsius. There are 20 million people living in Karachi. Kausar Ali said that most of the victims of the heatwave were people aged more than 60 years or people who worked out of doors.

Tens of thousands of people have been treated for heatstroke in Pakistan’s southern port of Karachi. The heatwave, the worst on record, has already killed 1,233 people, local authorities say. About 65,000 heatstroke patients have been treated by doctors at Karachi’s hospitals since June 20 according to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority. The heatwave has affected Sindh province, of which ... Read More »

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