As Zimbabwe experiences prolonged periods of exceptionally hot weather, NewsDay took to Facebook to gather views from readers on how they are coping with this unusual trend.
The heat wave has come at a time when Zimbabweans are experiencing prolonged water and power cuts, which makes it difficult to quench the resulting thirst, or turn on the air-conditioning.
Interestingly, several Zimbabweans found humour in this, with one Matshelela Nqoby Nyoni saying he is dealing with the heat wave by “drinking as much cold Chibuku (opaque beer) as possible” and another responding to him by asking him if there is enough electricity to cool the beer.
Another, Cosmas Kajasi drew laughter when he claimed the heat was to make sinners feel how it is like being in hell.
In what appears to be a mockery of the government’s over-used excuse that every problem in the country is caused by sanctions imposed on President Mugabe and his cronies by the US and the EU, Tyron Tatenda Chimuntu wrote:
“Haa kwapisa amana ! Ndatombogaya kut zvakukonzerwa nemaSanctions atinongonzwa achitaurwa. (It’s really hot! I even thought this is being caused by the sanctions we always hear about)
Known for finding humour in even the worst situations, Zimbabweans did not stop there as one Bea Mayie suggested people go on strike to force government to reduce the temperature!
One Bee Gee said Sunday “was real bad” as it felt like she was in a “furnace” and suggested “staying in the shade, drinking lots of water, and waking up early to do chores that require lots of energy.
But Bee Gee, with all her seemingly sincere intentions to educate others; she was quickly reminded by one Gonzo Mabhonzo that hell was hotter.
However, while Zimbabweans continue to find humour in talking about the heat wave, this weather condition can be deadly.
According to a campaign website DoSomething.org “heat waves kill more Americans than other natural disasters such as floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes.”
“In July 1995, Chicago, Illinois experienced a heat wave that caused over 700 deaths,” according to DoSomething.org.
Ecowatch estimates that relentless heat since mid-April has claimed about 2,330 lives in India.
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