More than a dozen people have died due to record-breaking temperatures this week in Southern Asia as heat waves continue to grip a large portion of the Indian Subcontinent.
This month, Laos has set all time new record as Luang Prabang reached 42.7°C on Tuesday, according to weather historian Maximiliano Herrera.
April and May are typically the hottest months of the year for South and Southern Asia as temperature increase before the monsoon season.
The Thailand government monitored stations at Tak Airport in the northwest of the country which recorded a staggering 45.4C on Saturday, breaking the previous high of 44.6C reached in Mae Hong Son on 28 April 2016.
Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, recorded its hottest temperature in 58 years. The city recorded temperatures above 40 C. The Ministry of Environment, forests and climate change said that if the heat did not abate, they would declare a temperature emergency in certain areas.
In India, the Meteorological Department of India has issued orange alerts for a severe heat wave. These states include Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, all states with a high proportion of rural workers and labourers who are forced to work outside even as temperatures and humidity soar
Six states in the North and East of India have recorded temperatures above 44 C. The capital Delhi recorded temperatures as high as 40.4 C on Tuesday. This heatwave is expected to continue until Friday.
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