Bangladesh shuts schools, cuts power in longest heatwave in decades

Temperatures in the South Asian nation’s capital of Dhaka have surged to around 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), with the poor bearing the brunt of the blazing sun.

A study last month by the World Weather Attribution group found that climate change had made record-breaking deadly heatwaves in Bangladesh—as well as India, Laos and Thailand—at least 30 times more likely.

On June 3, the temperature in the northern Dinajpur district hit 41.3 degrees Celsius (106.3 degrees Fahrenheit), the highest recorded there since 1958.

“The heatwave in the past would affect only some parts of the country. This year it is very extensive and spread to almost all parts of the country.”