Heatwave Havoc: Five Southeast Asian Countries Hit by Severe Heatwaves

Heatwave Havoc: Five Southeast Asian Countries Hit by Severe Heatwaves
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Southeast Asia is currently experiencing a scorching heat wave, leading to soaring temperatures and health concerns across the region. Indonesia, in particular, is facing a dengue fever outbreak, with cases doubling from the previous year.

Here's a summary of the impact in five Southeast Asian countries:

  1. Philippines: The country has closed schools due to high temperatures, with health alerts issued to warn of potential risks like high blood pressure and fainting. Temperatures are expected to reach dangerous levels, with the heat index projected to hit 45 degrees Celsius.

  2. Thailand: The meteorological agency has advised people to limit outdoor activities due to temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. Heatstroke has resulted in several deaths.

  3. Vietnam: Sweltering heat has driven people indoors, seeking shelter in air-conditioned places to avoid heat-related illnesses. Forest fires, dehydration, and heatstroke risks have been highlighted by the national weather agency.

  4. Malaysia: Heat warnings have been issued for several regions as temperatures are expected to remain high. Cases of heat-related illnesses, including fatalities, have been reported.

  5. Singapore: The country is anticipating higher temperatures, with uniform policies relaxed in some schools to ensure student comfort during physical education classes.

Additionally, Indonesia is seeing a rise in dengue fever cases due to the warmer climate. The Health Ministry attributes the increase in infections to the El Nino climate pattern, which has prolonged the dry season and accelerated mosquitoes' life cycles.

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Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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