Egypt heatwave death toll rises to 106

The Middle East and North Africa region has been hit by a heat wave since late July. (AP)

Egypt's state-run news agency has said that the death toll from a scorching heat wave has killed 106 people since last week.

The news agency said on Tuesday that eight more people died a day earlier, mostly elderly citizens, according to the Health Ministry.

The Middle East and North Africa region has been hit by a heat wave since late July. Egyptian summers are usually hot, but temperatures this week soared to 46 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) in the country's south.

Temperatures have started to decline in the north of the country on Monday, but are expected to remain high in the south over the next few days.

Those who died include eight patients at a psychiatric hospital north of Cairo and three detainees in a jail, according to officials.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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