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Zimbabwe Declares National Disaster over Drought; Philippines Schools Close Amid Extreme Heat Wave

HeadlineApr 04, 2024

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has declared a national disaster over the protracted drought plaguing the region, warning some 2.7 million people will face hunger this year. Zambia and Malawi have also declared states of disaster related to the drought, which has triggered a massive grain shortage.

In the Philippines, hundreds of schools were forced to close this week due to extreme heat and an elevated risk of heat stroke. The heat index hit over 111 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.

Scientists have confirmed this March was the hottest ever recorded. It was also the 10th consecutive month to set a global heat record.

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