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Unprecedented heatwaves in India disrupt food chain

People carry water containers near an abandoned stone quarry on a hot day in Badama village in the ...
13 May 2022
Pakistan and northwestern India have been enduring scorching temperatures reaching 54 degrees Celsius (129 degrees Fahrenheit), an extreme weather pattern that is unusual for the month of May, and which has resulted in a shortage of electricity. Northwestern and central India have experienced the hottest April in the last 122 years, causing losses in crop yields, especially of wheat, as well as repercussions on the food chain which will be felt in coming months. Fires have raged in recent weeks in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, including in the pine forests of Dharamsala, facilitated by the fact that there has been no rain in over two months. Climate experts agree that heatwaves are becoming more frequent, more intense and more long-lasting. According to climate scientist Roxy Mathew Koll of the Indian Institute of Tropical ...

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