The heatwave severely damaged crops and led to wildfire intensity increasing exponentially. It also led to extreme pressure on the countries’ power grids and electricity use spiked.
This was one of the many climate change induced extreme weather events being witnessed around the globe. According to Hans Kluge, WHO’s regional director for Europe, there were an estimated 4,000 deaths in Spain, more than 3,200 deaths in UK and over 4,500 deaths in Germany as reported by health authorities during the summer months.
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