Bangladesh heat wave death toll rises to 30


DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) - Nine more people died from sunstroke and dehydration this weekend, increasing to 30 the number of deaths from a weeklong heat wave sweeping Bangladesh, relief officials said Monday. 

Four elderly people died on Sunday in Narail district, 112 kilometers (70 miles) west of the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, officials said speaking on condition of anonymity. 

Five more deaths were reported Saturday in the northern districts of Rangpur and Pabna, where temperatures rose as high as 39 degrees Celsius (102 degrees Fahrenheit). 

The heat wave claimed 21 lives last week. 

The victims were mostly elderly farmers. 

Hospitals have reported treating hundreds of people for dehydration, fever and diarrhea, which is caused by drinking polluted pond water. 

Weather experts said the extreme heat, compounded by high humidity, will last another week when the monsoon is expected to hit the tropical delta nation, the weather office in Dhaka said. - AP 

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