At the 25th World Scout Jamboree in Buan, South Korea, hundreds of participants have succumbed to heat exhaustion.
A makeshift hospital at the encampment treated many of the 400 cases that were treated on the first night of the festival on Tuesday.
In North Jeolla province, where the event is taking place, temperatures have reached 35C (95F) despite a heatwave warning.
With over 43,000 Scouts present, the jamboree—sometimes referred to as the largest youth camp in the world—began on Tuesday.
Although the majority of competitors are normally between the ages of 14 and 18, the event also attracts a large number of adults, including 49-year-old survivalist and British Chief Scout Bear Grylls.
According to a fire service employee who spoke to Reuters, the majority of the Scouts who needed medical assistance had just mild symptoms like headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
The official further stated that the majority had subsequently gone back to their camping locations.
According to local media sources, scouts from the United States, Britain, and Bangladesh were impacted.
On Thursday, Lee Sang-min, South Korea’s interior minister, encouraged jamboree organizers to modify their schedules in light of the frequency and severity of cases.
39 persons are still receiving medical care, according to Choi Chang-haeng, secretary general of the event’s organizing committee, who stated this at a press conference on Thursday.
To ensure the event ran properly, he noted that more medical personnel had been sent to the scene and that cooling equipment was present.
South Korea has been experiencing scorching heat this summer.
As temperatures ranged between 33C and 38C earlier this week, Seoul authorities increased its hot weather warning to the maximum level for the first time in four years.
According to estimates, the intense heat has claimed the lives of at least 16 individuals nationwide, more than tripling the previous high of seven during the same time frame last year.
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