Children in South Asia exposed to extremely high temperatures

According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), three-quarters of children in South Asia are already exposed to extremely high temperatures compared to only one in three globally. The agency has urged authorities to do more to help these children beat the heat. July 2023 was the hottest month ever recorded globally. This has raised further concerns about the impact of climate change on the future of these children.

The heat can aggravate the situation for children as they cannot adapt quickly to temperature changes. The resulting symptoms can include:

  • Higher body temperature
  • Rapid heartbeat, cramps, and severe headache
  • Organ failure, dehydration, fainting, and coma

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