Deaths mount amid California heat

The heatwave that has been baking California since mid-July is being blamed for about 100 deaths across the state, the authorities have said.

Most of the deaths have been in the Central Valley, where temperatures have reached 46C (115F) in some areas.

Among the worst-hit areas is Fresno, where the local mortuary is struggling to deal with dozens of bodies.

The heat has also hit the agriculture sector, killing 25,000 cattle and 700,000 poultry, farmers say.


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