Deccan Chronicle

‘Unpreceden­ted heat’ shutters Iran till Aug 4

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Tehran, Aug. 1: Iran on Tuesday declared a twoday holiday for government workers and banks nationwide as searing temperatur­es sweep across the country.

The decision came after the meteorolog­ical office forecast temperatur­es exceeding 40º Celsius in many cities, and hovering around 50º Celsius in the southwest.

State broadcaste­r IRIB said many cities including in the provinces of Ilam,

Bushehr, and Khuzestan have seen temperatur­es rise above 45º Celsius in recent days.

“The cabinet agreed to the health ministry proposal to declare Wednesday and Thursday public holidays all over the country to protect public health,” government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi said.

The decision was taken because of what it described as an “unpreceden­ted” heatwave across the country.

Dehloran city in western Iran recorded the highest temperatur­e of 50º Celsius in Iran over the past 24 hours.

It added that temperatur­es were expected to rise in the north as well, including in the city of Ardabil as well as at the southern shores of the Caspian sea.

The health ministry has warned of the risks of heatstroke from over-exposure to the sun, and urged people to stay indoors between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Health ministry spokesman Pedram Pakain described the number of heat-related illnesses in recent days as “alarming”.

In June, Iran changed summer working hours for government employees who now start earlier.

The southeaste­rn province of Sistanbalu­chistan has been among the hardest hit by the heatwave. —

ERRATIC CLIMATE EPISODES WORLDWIDE

At least 20 people were killed and 19 were missing after heavy rains lashed Beijing and surroundin­g provinces, state media said on Tuesday, in downpours that have submerged roads and deluged neighbourh­oods with mud.

Typhoon Khanun, packing wind speeds of 180 kmph, swept towards southern

Japan on Tuesday, triggered the cancellati­on of hundreds of flights, with officials urging hundreds of thousands of people to seek shelter.

Indonesia has sent emergency aid to its easternmos­t province of Papua, where a drought has killed six people, including a baby, and left thousands without water since June, officials said Tuesday.

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