Child dehydration cases rise in Indian heatwave

STORY: Parents in India's most populous Uttar Pradesh state were seen sitting inside the hospital premises waiting to get their children checked by pediatricians.

"Children with health conditions like stomach ache, frequent diarrhoea, vomiting, and mild fever are coming in large numbers these days," said doctor at Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose District Hospital, Dr. G.K. Gaurav on Monday (June 13).

Mohan has a child who was admitted to hospital for three days and is still suffering from a fever.

India witnessed an early and torrid summer this year which the scientists believe has also led to a rise in cases of dengue, malaria, and typhoid and has increased the risks of heatstroke and dehydration.

Since March, people in India have faced near continuous heat well above 104 °F.

Nearly a hundred people are estimated to have died from the extreme heat, which is also affecting harvests and causing forest fires and power blackouts.