India Faces Underreported Heat Wave Deaths as Experts Call for Accurate Data to Bolster Future Safety Measures

BENGALURU, India — India grappled with a severe heat wave earlier this year, with temperatures soaring above 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), marking the country’s most intense heat wave in more than a decade. The extreme weather claimed hundreds of lives and caused widespread illness, but experts warn that the recorded death toll vastly underreports the actual figures, raising concerns about future preparedness and response to similar events. Recent months have provided some relief from …

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Hidden Heat Dangers: Study Reveals Underreported Deaths Linked to Rising Temperatures

Efforts continue to accurately measure the toll of extreme heat on public health, with many experts suggesting that the real impact might be far more severe than official statistics imply. Researchers point out that heat can significantly contribute to fatalities, particularly by exacerbating cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. However, these “heat-related” deaths often go underreported as the direct cause of death on official certificates is frequently recorded as something other than heat exposure. Experts argue that …

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