Prolonged and Deadly Heatwave Has Hit Large Swaths of India and Pakistan Affecting Hundreds of Millions of People, Sparking Food and Energy Shortages | HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

A prolonged and deadly heatwave has hit large swaths of India and Pakistan affecting hundreds of millions of people and sparking food and energy shortages. Experts say the extreme heat is a grim preview of what the climate crisis has in store for a region home to over 1 billion people.

Temperatures in India’s capital and parts of Pakistan have at times reached close to 50°C, killing dozens of people in both countries and upending the daily lives and livelihoods of students, laborers, and farmers.

March was the hottest month on record in India since 1901. The extreme heat also came earlier in the year than normal, covered a huge landmass and persisted much longer than typical heatwaves.

Prolonged and Deadly Heatwave Has Hit Large Swaths of India and Pakistan Affecting Hundreds of Millions of People, Sparking Food and Energy Shortages | HUMAN WRONGS WATCH