Iraqis Suffer Record Heat

By Simon Kent.

Iraqis suffered a second summer of 50C temperatures with the barometer climbing to 53C (127F) over the weekend, and the government declaring a national holiday.

Iraqis typically describe this weather as akin to being in an oven or having a hair dryer blown against skin on a hot setting. While many Iraqis also suffer power outages at this time as air conditioning use puts strain on the national grid, concern is mounting for refugees.

UN workers have reported increasingly poor conditions in camps, with some IDPs (internally displaced persons, or refugees within Iraq) suffering sores, exacerbated by the heat, while many are unable to sleep.

(Source: BBC News)

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