Due to climate change, chances of heat wave in South Asia including Bangladesh are 45 times higher: Report

Due to climate change, chances of heat wave in South Asia including Bangladesh are 45 times higher: Report

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In South and Southeast Asia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam broke records for their hottest April day, and the Philippines experienced its hottest night ever.

Temperatures in India reached 46ºC. The heat was also extreme in West Asia, with temperatures above 40 °C in Palestine and Israel.

The month was the hottest April globally and broke the record for the hottest month for the eleventh consecutive month.

Heat-related deaths were widely recorded during April, with at least 28 deaths in Bangladesh, five in India and three in Gaza. An increase in deaths due to heat has also been recorded in Thailand and the Philippines this year.

These are only preliminary figures, and since heat-related deaths are extremely under-reported, it is likely that there will be hundreds or possibly thousands of other heat-related deaths in Asia during April.

The heat caused crop failure, loss of livestock, water shortages, mass fish kills, mass school closures and low voter turnout in Kerala, India.

“In Asia, rising temperatures in April caused suffering and deaths from Gaza to Delhi and Manila. There has always been heat wave outbreak. But many people are dying due to excess heat generated from emissions of oil, gas and coal. If humans continue to burn fossil fuels, the climate will continue to warm and vulnerable people will continue to die,” said Friederike Otto, senior lecturer in climate science at the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and Environment, Imperial College London.

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