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300 Die in India Heatwave, Thailand and Laos Smash Heat Records
At least 330 million people across India are without enough water for their daily needs.
A heatwave in Southeast Asia has claimed the lives of over 300 people across large swathes of India over the past month while dozens have died and scores suffered severe heat strokes in Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam.
India’s eastern states have endured soaring temperatures of around 45 degrees Celsius or 113 Fahrenheit which is about 4-5 degree Celsius higher than the April average.
At least 110 in the state of Orissa, 137 in Telangana and another 45 in Andhra Pradesh have perished since the beginning of April due to heat related health problems and accidental fires.
The state of Bihar this week took the unprecedented step of forbidding any cooking between 9am and 6pm, after accidental fires exacerbated by dry, hot and windy weather swept through shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages and killed 79 people. They included 10 children and five adults killed in a fire sparked during a Hindu prayer ceremony in Bihar’s Aurangabad district last week.
Hoping to prevent more fires, officials have also banned the burning of spent crops and religious fire rituals. Anyone defying the ban risks up to a year in jail.
At least 330 million Indians across the country are without enough water for their daily needs.
Meanwhile, provinces across Thailand are smashing their highest temperature records.
According to Christopher Burt, a weather historian with wunderground.com, since April 19, more than 50 urban areas have recorded heat records.
Starting from March, the extreme heat has claimed the lives of 21 people, the Thai Department of Communicable Disease Control said Thursday.
The body says thirteen of the victims died on the streets, two in vehicles, one in a temple, and five in their homes. Authorities called for the population to stay indoors and drink lots of water to avoid heatstroke.
The heatwave also reached neighboring Cambodia and Laos while Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam recorded soaring temperatures.
A new all-time record high for Cambodia was set on April 15 at 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.7 degrees Fahrenheit) in Preah Vihear. Laos set its own national all-time high temperature of 42.3 Celsius or 108.14 Fahrenheit in Seno.
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