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India reaches 52.3ºC and records 33 deaths from intense heat
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This Friday (31), at least 33 people died due to the extreme heat wave that hit India, among the dead were electoral service employees who were working in the region of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.

The highest temperatures were recorded in the country's capital, New Delhi, with the thermometer reaching a maximum of 52.9º C this week.

The suspicion is that people died as a result of dehydration and heatstroke, many arrived at the medical service with high body temperatures. Several cities are in the election period, which worsens the situation for election workers who need to be exposed throughout the day, often outdoors.

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According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), even with forecasts of a drop in temperature in some parts of the country, high temperatures will remain prevalent in the eastern part for the next two days.

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Climate change in the region

Climate change has been one of the factors behind the sudden changes in temperature and climate on the Asian continent in recent years. Pakistan, a neighboring country, has already recorded an increase in the number of forest fires due to the dry climate, air pollution is also a dangerous factor for the health of the population.

India is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases on the planet, the goal is to reduce this percentage to zero by 2070.

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On the other hand, the states of Manipur and Assam are being devastated by the remal cyclone that caused floods and the death of hundreds of people in the region.


Indians suffer from high temperatures (Photo: reproduction/Anuwar Hazarika/NurPhoto via Getty Images Embed)


Extreme poverty and lack of resources

The areas most affected by the heat wave are the slums in neighborhoods like Chanakyapuri in Delhi. There is no drinking water for the population suffering from the high temperature, when help arrives in water trucks there is general chaos, everyone struggles to get at least one bucket of water.

In addition to the difficulty in obtaining water for basic needs at home, the cost of a bottle of mineral water costs around U$$3 (three dollars), an amount that many families cannot afford. In some cases, this is the amount a family earns from selling food products that day.

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The majority of victims who are taken to hospitals are people from poor communities, who work in improvised zinc warehouses without ventilation, a situation prone to heatstroke.

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Government authorities in many cities are already rationing free supplies, due to shortages and high demand for water in recent days.

Featured Photo: Indiana stays hydrated during intense heat (Reproduction/Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images Embed)

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