There’s an article titled “Fahrenheit 121: India’s Next Heat Wave” in the August 1, 2022 issue of The New Yorker by Dhruv Khullar.
The author is a physician in America but has family who still lives in Delhi. Northern India, where a billion people live, has regularly experienced temperatures of a hundred and ten degrees, combined with high humidity.
Only eight percent of Indians have air-conditioning and most don’t have reliable electricity. Many can’t work during the noon heat—they experience headaches, dizziness, rashes, vomiting, and fever. Many fall sick of even worse illnesses. The article describes in detail the phenomenon of “heat stroke”, which is often fatal.
I recently suffered “heat exhaustion” when I walked up to the bank and pharmacy in the early afternoon in ninety-degree heat. I suddenly felt dizzy, so dizzy I had to sit down on a park bench. When I finally got home, my face was bright red. I had to drink copious amounts of cool water and lie down for several hours.
I can certainly sympathize with people who live in India. There are more serious heat-injuries in the works—kidney failure, cardiovascular and respiratory problems.
Even little children are falling ill and sometimes dying from the heat.
So there have it, my friends. I recommend the article to the reader who is interested in cultural phenomenon.
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