Scientists warn: Humanity is threatened by extreme heat waves



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Scientists warn: Humanity is threatened by extreme heat waves



According to the Global Climate Risk Index, published by the Jerman Woch Ecological Research Center, Japan was the most vulnerable country in 2018 and hit by extreme summer heat, heavy rains and the strongest typhoon in a quarter of a century, Reuters reports. transmits .

Germany, another industrialized country, was in third place after experiencing the hottest period from April to July, leading to the deaths of more than 1,200 people and severe drought in 2018.



India, ranked fifth, was hit by longer heat waves, which brought water shortages, poor crop yields and clutter, and were exposed to floods and monsoon cyclones.

In 2018, 138 people lost their lives and more than 70,000 were hospitalized due to a strong summer heat wave in Japan.

Across Europe, scientists estimate that extreme heat waves are now up to 100 times more likely than a century ago.

The report says the impact of heat waves on African countries may be under-represented due to a lack of data.

Heavy storms, meanwhile, devastated the Philippines in 2018, ranking second in the climate risk index, with typhoon Mangat causing heavy losses.

Madagascar ranks fourth after 70 people died in the two cyclones and 70,000 were forced to flee their homes.

In Kenya and Rwanda, which ranked seventh and eighth respectively, seasonal rains were far more abundant than usual, causing floods, which destroyed homes and livestock and triggered the onset of disease.

Scientists warn: Humanity is threatened by extreme heat waves

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