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Monday, July 20, 1998 Published at 13:56 GMT 14:56 UK

World: Americas

Heat wave in the US to continue

Meteorologists in the United States say a heat wave, which has killed more than a-hundred people in the south and southwest of the country, is likely to continue for at least another week.

Most of the deaths have occurred in the states of Lousiana, Oklahoma and Texas, where officials said some of the victims were illegal immigrants who succumbed to heat exhaustion and dehydration after entering the United States from Mexico.

The Immigration Service has started an advertising campaign in Mexico to warn people of the dangers of trying to cross the border in the present conditions.

There are also reports of heat-related deaths in northern Mexico.

At least four people have died in the Mexican city of San Luis Rio Colorado, where temperatures have reached forty eight degrees Celsius.

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