As Bangladesh battles the country’s worst heatwave in fifty years, hundreds of schools have been closed, and severe power outages have only made the situation worse for the populace.

The impoverished are the ones who are most affected by the scorching heat as temperatures in the capital of the South Asian country, Dhaka, have risen to almost 40 degrees Celsius.

Since Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, there has never been a heatwave this long-lasting, according to Bazlur Rashid, a senior official at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department.

Even as demand for fans and air conditioners has increased, the government closed tens of thousands of elementary schools and dramatically reduced power generation.

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