Courtesy of Curious Boy George's Middle East adventure,
June 14 was the hottest day ever recorded in Iraq, with the maximum temperature reaching 52 degrees C (125 degrees F) in Basra. And most of the country's residents had to suffer through it with no airconditioners, no refrigerators and no fans. [my emphasis]
Two Iraqis were killed by the police in Basra in June while protesting against the power shortages. The deaths, and ongoing protests over the summer, prompted Iraq's electricity minister Karim Waheed to resign.
"Because Iraqis are not capable of being patient in their suffering, which would be alleviated by the projects I mentioned that will eliminate the shortages of electricity, and as this matter has been politicised on all sides, I am declaring in front of you, with courage, my resignation," Waheed said in a televised address Jun. 21.