Landslides and floods kill at least 30 in northeast Brazil

Finding resilience to city heat in South Asia

An unusually intense pre-monsoon heatwave has been affecting north-west India, Pakistan and other parts of South Asia this year.

Humidity levels tend to peak at around 65 per cent and the average maximum temperature is close to 43°C in north-west Bamgladesh city of Rajshahi (pictured)

Parts of Pakistan reached 51°C earlier this month, while India recorded its hottest March since 1901, and May temperatures in north India are at their highest level since 1966.

Extreme heat is likely to become more common in this part of the world. According to a World Bank projection, the annual temperature in South Asia’s hotspots, where approximately one in two people live, is projected to increase 1.5°C–3°C by 2050 relative to 1981–2010.

Additionally, a new Met Office study, has found climate change made the record-breaking heatwave 100 times more likely.

Although this heatwave has been regarded as untypically severe, creating significant impacts for communities across the region, heatwaves are likely to become even more severe in South Asia with climate change…READ ON

Landslides and floods kill at least 30 in northeast Brazil

Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 28 people in the state of Pernambuco in northeast Brazil on Saturday, authorities said. In Alagoas, another state in the region, two people died when they were swept away in river flooding on Friday.

More than 760 people have been forced to leave their homes because of the flooding in Pernambuco, civil defense officials said on Twitter.

The executive secretary of the civil defense agency in Pernambuco, Lt. Col. Leonardo Rodrigues, said in a video posted on Instagram that about 32,000 families live in areas at risk of landslides or flooding in the state.

Schools in the city of Recife have been opened to receive the homeless.

In Alagoas, the state government said 33 municipalities have declared an emergency due to the effects of the heavy rains in the past several days…READ ON

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