Massive heatwaves put millions of children in Asia vulnerable to illnesses, death—U.N.

Massive heatwaves put millions of children in Asia vulnerable to illnesses, death—U.N.

MORE than 243 million children across the Pacific and East Asia were forecast to be affected by heatwaves, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).

2024 is slated to be the hottest year on record based on recent data from global monitors.

The climate extremes and rising greenhouse gas emissions put millions of children at risk of heat-related illnesses and death.

Several countries in the region bear the brunt of extreme heat as temperatures exceed 40 degrees Celsius.

In Thailand, the northern Thai province of Mae Hong Son recorded a temperature of 43.5 degrees Celsius earlier this week.

The country’s health ministry said that up.to 40 people die from heat-related illnesses every year.

The United Nations warned that more than two billion children could be exposed to heatwaves by 2050 if the current trend continues.

 

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