The heat wave kills 8 people in South Africa within days

The heat wave kills 8 people in South Africa within days
The heat wave kills 8 people in South Africa within days
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JOHANNESBURG – (AFP)
A stifling heat wave that has hit some parts of South Africa in recent weeks has killed at least eight people in a matter of days, the government announced Tuesday.
Most of the victims are agricultural workers in the mostly semi-arid and sparsely populated Northern Cape province, which borders Namibia and Botswana in the northwest, according to the Labor Ministry.
“We are concerned about the impact of the hot weather experienced in some parts of South Africa,” government spokesman Michael Coren said in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened to report the death of eight people from heatstroke in the Northern Cape, after a heat wave hit the province during the week,” he added.
Some areas of the country witnessed a heat wave, during which temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius at times.
Scientists report that climate change caused by human activities exacerbates difficult weather conditions such as heat waves and droughts that have occurred in several countries, and they warn that these conditions will become more frequent and severe.
The years 2015-2022 were the hottest years on record in the world, exceeding by more than one degree Celsius the average temperature recorded at the beginning of the industrial era, according to the annual report of the European Program on Climate Change Copernicus, which was published on January 10.

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