Unrelenting heatwave kills five in Indian capital


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  • Wednesday, 19 Jun 2024

FILE PHOTO: A man covers himself with a cloth to protect from heat on a hot summer day in New Delhi, India, May 20, 2024. REUTERS/Priyanshu Singh/File Photo

(Reuters) - A severe heatwave sweeping India has killed at least five people this week in the capital, New Delhi, the Times of India newspaper said on Wednesday, following the hottest night in six years.

Billions across Asia are grappling with extreme heat this summer in a trend scientists say has been worsened by human-driven climate change.

The deaths were reported from Monday in hospitals across the Indian city of 20 million, where water shortages have intensified, the paper added.

Its power consumption touched an all-time high on Tuesday, when the minimum nighttime temperature reached 33.8 degrees Celsius (93 F), it said.

Since March, temperatures have soared to 50 degrees C (122 F) in Delhi and the nearby desert state of Rajasthan, while more than twice the usual number of heatwave days were recorded this season in northwest and eastern India.

The conditions were the result of fewer thundershowers and warm winds blowing from neighbouring arid regions into India.

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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