Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Troops swelter in Iraq

'BRITISH troops were battling incredible record temperatures of 134° F (57°C) in the Iraqi city of Basra yesterday. Power cuts have hit air conditioning and soldiers have been told to dump body armour and drink EIGHT litres of water a day.

The length of guard duty shifts has also been slashed by half.

One soldier from the King’s Regiment revealed: “Guys are dropping like flies. They can’t cope.

“I’ve tried sleeping outside but even at night it’s too hot and the amount you sweat is incredible. The only thing to do is drink plenty of water and not stand in the sun too long. A lot of men have had to come off guard duty as the heat is too much.”

From the UK Sun.


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