Mali suffers under unprecedented Sahelian heat wave

(19 Apr 2024)
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Bamako, Mali – 18 April 2024
1. Drone shot of Bamako ++MUTE++
2. Drone shot of people cooling off in the Niger River ++MUTE++
3. SOUNDBITE (Bambara) Dramane Traore:
“When you look at the temperature, we are at 32 or 35 degrees. By 2 p.m., it will be 40 degrees. It’s unbearable, it’s so hot right now. And there’s no electricity either. This morning the power went out.”
4. Various of Dr. Kane Tounkara in the Sanankoroba health center treating a patient
5. SOUNDBITE (French) Kane Tounkara, doctor at Sanankoroba health center:
“We have noticed a rise in temperatures, this is a reality. At the level of our consultations, too, we’ve noticed this taking its toll on sick people.”
+ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++

STORYLINE:
Mali, like much of the Sahel, is currently battling a deadly heat wave.

Recent records showing up to 40 degrees Celcius (104 Fahrenheit) by 2pm.

It’s thought the heat has led to multiple electricity failures, and an increase in deaths.

On top of hotter temperatures than in years past, Mali is also suffering under an unprecedented electricity crisis that began last year, leaving citizens with no respite from the heat.

In a public health clinic, Dr. Kane Tounkara said “we have noticed a rise in temperatures, this is a reality. At the level of our consultations, too, we’ve noticed this taking its toll on sick people.”

Bamako’s Gabriel-Touré Hospital reported 102 deaths in the first four days of the month, compared to 130 deaths in all of April last year. It’s unknown how many of the fatalities were due to the extreme weather as such data cannot be made public under the country’s military rulers.

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