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South Korea heat wave claims 42 lives

Eenadu India 2018-08-09 11:58:00

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Hyderabad: The heat wave in South Korea has claimed at least 42 lives. This is the highest recorded number of deaths since the country began counting the heat-related casualties since 2011, the officials said.

According to the health authorities, more than 3,400 people have been treated for heat-related problems, from May 20 to August 6.

The country has been facing extreme temperatures since mid-July and is said to be in the grips of most severe heat waves in the Korean history.

Most of the people who died from this beastly heat were elderly and poor people.

What is the government doing:
  • The government said that it is planning to revise the laws and include extreme heat as a form of natural disaster, so that the kin of  those who died from heat and the people who are severely suffering from heat can receive compensation.
  • South Korea has also reduced electricity charges so that citizens can use air conditioners and other appliances.