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Extreme heat advisory: Public urged to avoid exposure

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Thursday, March 14, 2024

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The Ministry of Environment and Forestry issued an extreme heat advisory on Thursday – forecasting temperatures varying from 41 to 45 degrees Celsius for two weeks in Juba and most parts of South Sudan.

Joseph Africano Bartel, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Environment, urges the public to take precautions and avoid direct exposure to sun rays.

“Juba and most parts of South Sudan are experiencing heatwave. It is forecasted that this heatwave will last for at least two weeks,” Bartel said.

“Excessive heat and humidity are becoming increasingly frequent due to the impact of climate change. High temperatures of 41-degree Celsius and up to 45-degree Celsius are expected this week.”

He added that it is critical to take proper safety measures during this humid and hot period by following safety measures.

Bartel advised that if the high temperatures persist, schools and facilities without cooling systems should close until cooler conditions return.

According to the environmental scientist, high heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor activity or extended exposure.

“Extreme heat can cause illness and death among the at-risk population who cannot stay cool such as seniors, infants and those with chronic health problems or mental health conditions.”

Bartel cautions the public to avoid tedious outdoor activities during the daytime, stay hydrated, take cool showers, stay indoors as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight.

He also suggests regular check on those most at risk including infants, elderly and critically ill several times a day and advised against leaving children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

If in South Sudan, you are also encouraged to wear light weight, light-colored clothing, find an air-conditioned shelter if possible, and the phone number of your doctor or health facility readily available in case of emergency.

 

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