Kopar Khairane
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Children in India, Pakistan, and the rest of South Asia face extreme heat, according to the UN

<p>The United Nations has warned that the growing effects of climate change are already putting 460 million children in South Asia, which includes nations like India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, at risk of dangerously high temperatures.</p>
<p>According to a press statement from the UN children’s agency on Monday, this implies that three out of four children (76 percent) in South Asia are already exposed to very high temperatures, compared to just one out of three children (32 percent) internationally.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-116456″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-mens-doubles-gold-medalists-pramod-bhagat-and-sukant-kadam-at-the-four-nations-para-badminton-international-download-2023-08-07t170711.853.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com mens doubles gold medalists pramod bhagat and sukant kadam at the four nations para badminton international download 2023 08 07t170711.853″ width=”1123″ height=”747″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-mens-doubles-gold-medalists-pramod-bhagat-and-sukant-kadam-at-the-four-nations-para-badminton-international-download-2023-08-07t170711.853.jpg 275w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/theindiaprint.com-mens-doubles-gold-medalists-pramod-bhagat-and-sukant-kadam-at-the-four-nations-para-badminton-international-download-2023-08-07t170711.853-150×100.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1123px) 100vw, 1123px” title=”Children in India, Pakistan, and the rest of South Asia face extreme heat, according to the UN 3″></p>
<p>“With the globe nearing a global boiling point, the statistics plainly demonstrate that heat waves and high temperatures are posing a rising danger to the lives and well-being of millions of youngsters across South Asia. Although the countries in the area are not the warmest in the world right now, Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, stated that millions of vulnerable children in the region face life-threatening hazards due to the heat.</p>
<p>As they are most susceptible to heat stroke and other dangerous consequences, newborns, toddlers, undernourished kids, and pregnant women are of special concern, he said.</p>
<p>The world’s hottest month, July, added to worries that children, notably those in South Asia, would likely experience more frequent and severe heatwaves in the future, partly as a result of climate change.</p>
<p>According to the UN, “extreme high temperatures” are defined as 83 or more days in a year above 35 degrees Celsius, and children in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, and Pakistan have “extremely high risk” of being affected by climate change.</p>
<p>Children are less able to swiftly adjust to temperature fluctuations and expel extra heat from their bodies. “Young children simply cannot handle the heat,” Wijesekera said. “These children will continue to suffer the most from more frequent and severe heatwaves in the coming years unless we take action now.”</p>
<p>at South Asia, extreme heat puts kids at danger even during the rainy season. Their slow rate of temperature adaptation may cause symptoms including increased body temperature, a fast pulse, excruciating headaches, and disorientation.</p>
<p>According to the UN, babies may endure delayed mental development, while young children may experience cramping, organ failure, dehydration, fainting, and coma.</p>
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