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Schools closed, warnings issued as Asia swelters in extreme heatwave – ET HealthWorld

Manila: South and Southeast Asia ready for more Excessive heat Authorities issued health warnings across the region on Sunday and residents fled to parks and air-conditioned malls for relief.

A wave of exceptionally hot weather hit the region last week, with temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) and thousands of schools forced to tell students to stay at home.

philippines announced the suspension of in-person classes at all on Sunday public schools For two days after a record-breaking day Heat In the capital Manila.

In Thailand, where at least 30 people have died from heatstroke so far this year, the weather service warned of a “critical situation” on Saturday after temperatures in a northern province exceeded 44.1C (111.4F).

And in Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, India and Bangladesh, forecasters have warned that temperatures could exceed 40C in the coming days as people face extreme heat and suffocating humidity.

“I don’t dare go out during the day. I’m worried we’ll get heatstroke,” said a 39-year-old cashier in Yangon, Myanmar, who gave her name only as San Yin.

She said she was going to a park at night with her husband and four-year-old son to escape the heat of their fourth-floor apartment.

“It’s the only place we can stop to escape the heat in our neighborhood,” he said.

Global temperatures reached record highs last year, and United Nations The weather and climate agency said Tuesday that Asia is warming at a particularly rapid pace.

Extensive scientific research has shown that climate change is causing heat waves to become longer, more frequent, and more intense.

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Temperatures in Myanmar have been recorded 3-4C above the April average, its weather monitors said last week.

And on Sunday, the national forecaster predicted temperatures could reach 43C in the central city of Mandalay.

The Ministry of Water and Meteorology in Cambodia has warned that temperatures could reach 43C in parts of the country in the coming week, while the Health Ministry has urged people to monitor their health “during hot weather related to climate change”. Have advised.

Temperatures were also forecast to be high in Vietnam during the five-day national holiday, with temperatures forecast to reach 41 degrees Celsius in the north.

Forecasters there said extreme heat would last through the end of April, with cooler conditions expected in May.

India’s weather department said on Saturday that scorching heat conditions will continue in many states till the weekend with temperatures rising up to 44C at some places.

“I have never experienced this much heat before,” Ananth Nadigar, a 37-year-old advertising professional, told AFP from Bengaluru.

“It’s very unpleasant and it takes away your energy.”

The world’s largest democracy is in the midst of a six-week long general election, with millions of voters lining up in scorching temperatures on Friday.

The Election Commission of India said it has formed a task force to review the impact of heat wave and humidity before each round of voting.

And in Bangladesh, millions of students returned to schools that had been closed due to extreme temperatures, although its weather bureau said on Sunday that the heat would continue for at least the next three days.

Lucky Begum, whose daughter is enrolled in a government school in Dhaka, said, “I went to school with my 13-year-old daughter. She was happy that her school was open. But I was stressed.”

“The heat is extreme,” he told AFP. “She already has heat rashes from sweating. I hope she doesn’t get sick.”

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In-person classes were suspended in the Philippines after Manila recorded its highest temperature ever, with jeepney drivers also planning a nationwide strike on Monday and Tuesday.

Temperatures in the capital reached a record 38.8C (101.8F) on Saturday, with the heat index reaching 45C, data from the state weather forecaster showed.

Heat index measures how hot the temperature feels while taking into account humidity.

Many schools in the Philippines have no air conditioning, forcing students to live in crowded, poorly ventilated classrooms.

The scorching heat continued on Sunday, with many people flocking to air-conditioned shopping malls and swimming pools for respite.

“This is the hottest I’ve ever experienced here,” said Nancy Bautista, 65. Their resort in Cavite province near Manila was fully booked.

“Many of our guests are friends and family. They swim in the pool to beat the heat.”

March, April and May are typically the hottest and driest months of the year in this region, but conditions have worsened this year due to the El Nino weather phenomenon.

“All places in the country, not just Metro Manila, are expected to have hot temperatures until the second week of May,” state weather forecaster Glaza Escular told AFP.

Camiling municipality in Tarlac province, north of Manila, recorded a temperature of 40.3C (104.5F) on Saturday – the highest in the Philippines this year.

As the temperature rose, Gerris Reyes, 31, planned to take his two-year-old daughter to a shopping mall near Manila.

“It’s very hot here at home. It’s the hottest we’ve ever had, especially between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.,” he said.

“We need a free air conditioner to cut down our electricity bill.”

  • Published on April 28, 2024 at 06:27 pm IST

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