Extreme heat kills 50 people in African city known for beautiful weather

Extreme heat is the result of a combination of global climate change and local environmental factors.

The wave of extreme heat is expected to last in Egypt for the next 10 to 14 days (image used for illustrative purpose only) [BI]

In recent days, temperatures in Egypt have reached record levels, and future forecasts are not optimistic.

Aswan, a city famous for its ancient monuments, has recently been the hottest place in the world. Thermometres there showed 50.9 degrees Celsius in the shade. According to documented climate data, such a high temperature has never been recorded in June in the history of Egypt, or even on the entire African continent in the last 63 years.

However, extreme heat is not the only problem that residents face. Daily two-hour power outages further worsen the situation by shutting down air conditioners, fans and water pumps.

As a result, the unforgiving heatwave resulted in the death of 50 people, most of them refugees from Sudan who fled to Egypt from the year-long war in their country. These refugees are camping in makeshift refugee camps near Aswan, where there are shortages of water and electricity.

Such drastic effects of the heat caught the attention of MP Reham Abdel-Naby, who called on the government to take immediate action to save lives.

Climate experts agree that extreme heat is the result of a combination of global climate change and local environmental factors.

The wave of extreme heat is expected to last in Egypt for the next 10 to 14 days.

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This article was originally published on Onet Travel.

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