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20 March, Wednesday

Heatwave in South Korea claims 42 lives

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At least 42 people have died as South Korea has been facing the worst heatwave in more than a century, according to media reports.  
Hong-Kong based daily South China Morning Post reported temperatures in the capital Seoul reached 39.6 degrees Celsius -- the highest in more than 100 years.  
Citing officials, the newspaper wrote that more than 3,400 people were also treated for heat-related illnesses including heat-stroke since the end of May. 
Majority of the heatwave victims, it added, were elderly and poor people. 
South Korea has been struggling with the extreme temperatures since late July. 


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