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Floodwaters Lap Walls of India’s Taj Mahal; Heat Index in Iran Tops 150°F

HeadlineJul 19, 2023

In northern India, floodwaters from unusually heavy rains have pushed the Yamuna River to levels not seen in nearly half a century. On Tuesday, the swollen river was lapping the walls of the famed Taj Mahal, prompting fears that the 17th century monument could become damaged.

In Iran, a combination of heat and humidity this week pushed the heat index at the Persian Gulf International Airport to 152 degrees Fahrenheit, with a dew point above 90°. That’s close to the limit of what the human body can survive.

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