Vietnam is experiencing its hottest weather since 1949, and the heat is affecting agriculture, power generation and health. Officials say a third of the central region’s rice crops — 250,000 acres of rice valued at $135 million — have failed in 105-degree temperatures. Another 250,000 acres weren’t cultivated because of drought.
As the central region’s hydroelectric reservoirs are drying up, brownouts are frequent and have caused a $300 million loss to the garment industry alone.
The heat also has led to a sharp increase in hospitalizations as people suffer from fevers, respiratory-related diseases, encephalitis and digestive disorders.
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