"Nous vivons en enfer”: l'Inde et le Pakistan, confrontés à une canicule extrême, manquent d'eau et d'électricité

“Nous vivons en enfer”: l’Inde et le Pakistan, confrontés à une canicule extrême, manquent d’eau et d’électricité

Extreme temperatures, soaring humidity levels: India and Pakistan have been experiencing a sweltering heat wave since April that does not yet seem to be over. In Pakistan, the temperature exceeded 50°C in the shade last weekend, a record for 2022.

South Asia is still facing abnormally high temperatures, reaching in some parts of Pakistan the 50°C in the shade. Authorities warn of the risk of water shortages and the threat to health.

Both in India and in Pakistan, the inhabitants there evoke a real hell. These are the words of Nazeer Ahmed, a resident of Turbat, in Pakistan, in the columns of the Guardian. According to the British daily, the city is well known since it was in this one in 2021 that the highest temperature in the world in May was recorded, with 54°C.

Nazeer Ahmed speaks of “hell” because the 200,000 inhabitants of the city of Turbat suffer repeated power cuts sometimes up to nine hours a day, we learn. Thus, it is impossible to operate air conditioners and other refrigerators.

“It’s like a fire burning all around us”

In addition to this city in the province of Baluchistan, among the hottest places on the planet since the start of this unprecedented heat wave, there is Jacobabad, just over 191,000 inhabitants, in the southern Pakistani province of Sindh.

There, 12-year-old Saeed Ali was on the brink of death from heat stroke. A phenomenon that occurs when the body is so overheated that it can no longer cool itself, which can lead to dizziness, nausea, organ swelling, syncope, and even death.

The boy collapsed as he walked home in the hot sun, after suffocating all morning in a classroom without fans, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.

In the schools, when the children are suffering, the teachers revive them as best they can. Boys describe to AFP: “We are suffocating in the heat, we are sweating profusely, our clothes are soaked”. For his part, a blacksmith explains:

“It’s like a fire burning all around us. What we need most is electricity and water.”

India stops wheat exports

With these extreme heat, the water reservoirs dry up. The flow of the Indus has been reduced by 65% ​​this year, “due to lack of rain and snowfall,” according to Punjab Irrigation Department spokesman Adnan Hassan. Taking its source in Tibet, this river crosses India then Pakistan before flowing into the Arabian Sea. Its basin provides 90% of Pakistan’s water supply, according to the UN.

Northwestern and central India experienced the hottest April in 122 years. This heat wave had an impact on the production and export of wheat.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, banned the export of Indian wheat on Saturday, in an attempt to contain soaring prices and ensure food security in the subcontinent.

Result, if a year ago, the ton was worth less than 200 euros, with the war in Ukraine and this embargo, the price of the ton breaks a record with 438 euros, contributing to inflation in France.

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