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Killer heatwave wreaks havoc in Southeast Asia.

Killer heatwave wreaks havoc in Southeast Asia

A farmer shows rice that has been spoiled by the drought on May 04, 2016 in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam

A farmer shows rice that has been spoiled by the drought on May 04, 2016 in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam

Drought, severe heat and water shortages are disrupting schools, killing animals and ravaging rice crops in Southeast Asia. Thailand, Laos and Cambodia have recorded temperatures up to 44.6°C (112.4°F), beating all-time national highs, according to data from the Weather Underground, a commercial weather service. Singapore too, has seen abnormally high temperatures, while in Malaysia, lakes have dried up and vegetable output has withered. In Cambodia, schoolchildren have vastly diminished water supplies. “It’s very difficult to get water for the latrines,” says Srey Norn, a 13-year-old girl from Tboung Khmum Province…

 

Sometimes it takes a disaster like Fort McMurray to make us prepare for the next one: Don Pittis

When Jim Faught went looking for a group of missing teenagers near the isolated community of Nakina, Ont., about 150 kilometres north of Lake Superior, he made a grisly discovery. In a horrible human disaster, the seven charred bodies Faught found had only hours ago been vigorous 16- and 17-year-olds working in Ontario’s junior ranger program and their 25-year-old junior ranger leader. Experts say all too often it takes disasters as costly as the Fort McMurray fire to make us change our ways. The tragedy in Nakina is a horrible example of that process…

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