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Africa News of Wednesday, 25 January 2023


South Africa urges caution amid deadly heatwave

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The South African government has urged people to take caution as the death toll from an ongoing heatwave in parts of the country rises to eight.

State broadcaster SABC quoted a state official as expressing concern over the impact of the hot weather that the country had been experiencing.

“We are extremely sad to hear about the passing of eight people that have died of heat stroke in the Northern Cape after a heatwave hit the province over the week. Government sends its deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” Michael Currin, the head of the government communication service (GCIS), is quoted as saying.

Some parts of the country have recently been experiencing temperatures of above 40C.

The government has urged people to take measures such as drinking water and wearing light clothing to avoid heat exhaustion.