At least 12 people have died in the last days for the heat wave Which affects South Korea for a week, with wind chill greater than 35 degrees in a good part of the country, according to the balance published this Monday by the authorities.
South Korean meteorological authorities warned that mercury could exceed between 29 and 35 degrees Celsius in almost the entire territory, with the actual thermal sensation exceeding said barrier, so they are asking for caution.
The thermometers exceeded 30 degrees in the early stages of the day and in urban areas such as Seoul a tropical night was experienced.
The national weather agency has warned that the heat wave is expected to continue in the coming days and the mercury could rise more than 2 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The sweltering heat has left at least 12 deaths linked to the phenomenon over the weekend, according to the latest tally published by the local Yonhap news agency on Thursday.
Four of the victims were between the ages of 70 and 90 and died while working in agricultural facilities such as greenhouses in North Gyeongsang province, where temperatures have reached extreme conditions.
More than a thousand people have had to be treated for malaise or heat-related illnesses since May 20, of which some 200 were reported in recent days, according to data published by the newspaper The Korea Herald.
The authorities have also warned of the possibility of power outages due to the increase in electricity demand in the middle of the heat wave.
In neighboring Japan, the national meteorological agency has maintained an alert for high temperatures for almost the entire archipelago for days, with special emphasis on the Tokyo area and its surroundings and the west of the country, and this Monday issued a new warning for the week of August 6 and 14.
Authorities are asking the elderly to take extra care after finding a couple dead apparently from heat stroke in their Tokyo home, where the air conditioning was turned off when they were found by a social worker who had approached. to visit them.
global heat wave
The World Meteorological Organization assured last week that the current July is the hottest, globally, “since records have been kept”, with an average temperature that has reached 16.95 degrees Celsius thus exceeding the 16.63 reached in 2019.
However, among the causes of all these accidents, it is not only necessary to count the increase in temperatures or the action of the wind.
Heat waves in July fueled severe forest fires with serious ecological damage on both shores of the Mediterranean, with great difficulties in putting out the flames.
Italy and Greece were the two southern European countries most affected, in addition to Croatia, Türkiye, France and Tunisia. In all of them, the fire devastated thousands of hectares, although, from a human point of view, the worst tragedy was suffered in North Africa, where 34 people died in the Kabylia region (Algeria).
Other Mediterranean countries affected by the flames were Tunisia, where one person died; Türkiye, with fire in the province of Antalya; and France, where again an island, that of Corsica, was the most affected territory; Meanwhile in Portugalalready on the Atlantic coast, the flames left 13 injured near Cascais.
(With information from EFE)
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