43 bodies have been found near the US-Mexico border in Arizona as a heat wave grips the area

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In this May 19, 2021 file photo the border wall stretches along the landscape near Sasabe, Ariz.
The US-Mexico border wall near Sasabe, Arizona. Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press
  • An unusually high number of migrants have been found dead at the US-Mexico border this summer.

  • The remains of 43 people were discovered along Arizona's border last month, Humane Borders said.

  • Blistering heat waves across the country's coasts made last month the US's hottest June on record.

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An exceptionally high number of people believed to be migrants have been found dead this summer at the US-Mexico border amid an intense heat wave that's been broiling the Southwest.

The remains of 43 people were discovered along Arizona's border region last month, the Associated Press reported, citing the nonprofit organization Humane Borders, which tracks the recoveries of bodies in the Grand Canyon State with data from the Pima County medical examiner's office.

Blistering heat waves across the West Coast and the East Coast made last month the hottest June on record for the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported.

Arizona was among eight states in the nation that saw their hottest June on record, the agency said.

Mike Kreyche, Humane Borders' mapping coordinator, told the Associated Press that not all 43 of those who were found dead died in June.

At least 16 of them had been dead for a day, while another 13 of them had been dead for less than a week at the time they were discovered, Kreyche said.

The death figures by Humane Borders are more than the number of deaths reported by the US Border Patrol, the Associated Press reported. The AP added that the Border Patrol only counts the bodies it handles in the course of its work.

The number of human remains found so far this year at the US-Mexico border has already outpaced the number of bodies discovered during the same period last year, with 127 found in 2021 compared to last year's 96, Kreyche said.

The most commonly listed cause of death among those found is exposure, the Associated Press reported.

There has also been an uptick in migrant deaths in Texas this year, the news outlet said.

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