According to the authorities, eight individuals died over several days as a result of the oppressive heatwave that recently swept through areas of South Africa.
According to the labor ministry, the deceased were predominantly farm labourers in the sparsely populated and largely semi-arid Northern Cape province, which borders Namibia and Botswana.
In a statement, government spokesperson Michael Currin stated, “We are concerned about the impact of the hot weather areas of South Africa have been experiencing.”
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of eight people from heat stroke in the Northern Cape following a heatwave that ravaged the province last week,” he continued.
A summer heatwave has scorched parts of South Africa, with some days reaching 40 degrees Celsius.
The last eight years have been the warmest on record worldwide, according to the climate monitoring service for the European Union.