Publication Date May 16, 2022 | Climate Nexus Hot News

Extreme Heat Drops Birds From Sky In South Asia

An excavator tries to contain a fire amid an extreme heat wave in New Delhi.
An excavator tries to contain the fire as smoke billows from burning garbage on a hot summer day, at the Bhalswa landfill site in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2022. Credit: Adnan Abidi

The oppressive heatwave blanketing India and Pakistan is, if anything, getting worse. Jacobabad, Pakistan, hit 122°F (50°C) on Friday. "It's like fire burning all around," Shafi Mohammad, who lives on the outskirts of the city, told AFP. Birds literally fell from the sky in India's western Gujarat state last week, as the extreme heat dries up water sources, increasing exhaustion and dehydration for avian and human beings alike.

(Jacobabad: AFPAl Jazeera; Birds: ReutersBusiness Insider; Water shortages: Bloomberg $; Climate Signals background: Extreme heat and heatwaves; Commentary: The BMJ, Yogesh Jain and Rachna Jain commentary)

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