Egypt Heat Wave Kills Almost 100 People in August, Ministry Says

Almost 100 people have died in Egypt as temperatures soared this month, including patients at a psychiatric hospital.

Three people died and 206 were hospitalized on Saturday due to heat-related illnesses, the state-run news agency Mena reported, citing a health ministry statement. The death toll was 93 as of Friday. Temperatures were as high as 47 degrees Celsius (117 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of southern Egypt over the past week, and more than 40 degrees Celsius in Cairo.

Patients in the El-Khanka psychiatric hospital, as well as inmates in police stations and jails, were among the casualties, according to local media reports.

The number of heat-related deaths is rising even though Egypt has this year largely avoided the lengthy power cuts it typically faces when energy demands peak in the summer. The government has increased power plant capacity and prioritized the allocation of natural gas for generating electricity.

Authorities warned against exposure to direct sunlight.

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