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Heatstroke kills 30 in Thailand

Heatstroke has killed at least 30 people in Thailand as the country issues fresh warnings about scorching heat.

April is typically the hottest time of the year in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia, but conditions this year have been exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern. Reuters photo

 

Bangkok issued an extreme heat warning as the heat index was expected to rise above 52 degrees Celsius on Thursday (April 25).

The health ministry said late Wednesday that 30 people had died from heatstroke between January 1 and April 17, compared with 37 in the whole of 2023, reports CAN.

Temperatures in the concrete sprawl of the Thai capital hit 40.1 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and similar levels were forecast for Thursday.

A wave of exceptionally hot weather has blasted parts of South and Southeast Asia this week, prompting schools across the Philippines to suspend classes and worshippers in Bangladesh to pray for rain.

April is typically the hottest time of the year in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia, but conditions this year have been exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern.

Last year saw record levels of heat stress across the globe, with the United Nations weather and climate agency saying Asia was warming at a particularly rapid pace.

The kingdom has sweltered through a heatwave this week, with a temperature of 44.2 degrees Celsius recorded in the northern province of Lampang on Monday, just shy of the all-time national record of 44.6 degrees Celsius hit last year.

Source: SOMOY TV

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