As temperatures in Southeast Asia continue to soar, concerns are mounting about the impact on the region’s food supply. Record-breaking high temperatures have been reported in several countries, including Singapore and Vietnam, with heatwaves causing drought and other weather-related issues.
According to a report from Bloomberg, Singapore recorded a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius on May 13th, the highest in 40 years. The heat has led to an outbreak of heatstroke patients, with many people suffering from dehydration and other heat-related illnesses. In addition to health concerns, there are also worries about the impact on the region’s food supply.
Palm oil is a major export for Southeast Asian countries, but the hot weather and drought have put production at risk. The Thai government has warned that the threat of drought caused by El Nino could increase food prices, and there are concerns that the supply of palm oil could decrease as a result.
Malaysia is also struggling with the heat, with 14 cases of heatstroke reported as of May 12th. With the heat expected to continue until August, it is likely that more people will be affected.
Vietnam has also experienced its highest temperature ever recorded, at 44.2 degrees Celsius earlier this month. The Philippines has also been affected, with abbreviated classes held as the temperature reached dangerous levels.
The impact of climate change is a growing concern for the region, with Bloomberg reporting that stronger heatwaves and cyclones are likely to become more frequent and intense in the future. As Southeast Asia continues to sizzle in record-breaking temperatures, the region’s leaders will need to take action to ensure that food supplies remain stable and that people are protected from the harmful effects of the heat.