Extreme cold kills 250 children in Peruvian highlands

Isabel Guerra

According to Dan Collyns, BBC’s correspondant in Peru, almost 250 children have died in the Peruvian southern Andean highlands, a figure that is 40% higher than the 2008’s casualties.

Respiratory infections and pneumonia are not uncommon in the winter months, but this year’s cold season began in March, three months earlier than usual (June).

Climate experts blame it on the global warmth, which might have modified the region’s usual weather patterns and averages, with tempetatures dropping to -20°C (-4°F) in some regions.

Since many children in these regions are cronically malnourished, they are more vulnerable and prone to illnesses.

Thus, the extreme cold has killed more children this year than during the previous four years.

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