Heat wave leaves hundreds dead in India!


Heat wave leaves hundreds dead in India!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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As a national tragedy, many people in India have succumbed to heat wave unleashed across the nation, killing hundreds of people.  There was no respite in sight with the India Meteorological department warning that severe heat wave conditions are expected to continue especially in the two worst-hit southern states, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana..

In Delhi, the maximum temperature was recorded at 43.5 degree celsius, a degree less than Saturday while Palam recorded 46 degree celsius. Uttar Pradesh continued to reel under sweltering heat with mercury in Allahabad touching 47.7 degree Celsius, which was the hottest in the state. The steel city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand experienced the hottest day of the season at 44.8 degree celsius, four degree above normal. Odisha virtually turned into a boiling cauldron as the searing heatwave conditions further intensified on Sunday with the mercury rising above 45 degree celsius in nine places and above 40 degree celsius in 19 towns.

There was no respite from blistering heat in desert state of Rajasthan where Jaisalmer and Sriganganagar districts remained the hottest place recording a maximum of 45.6 degree celsius. Kota recorded a maximum of 45.5 degree celsius while Bikaner and Barmer registered temperatures of 44.6 and 44.2 degree respectively. Churu and Jaipur sizzled at 43.8 degree celsius. Jodhpur, Ajmer and Dabok also recorded day temperature of 42, 41.4 and 40 degree Celsius.

The searing heatwave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana , the worst hit states, alone has killed 432 people so far with more deaths being reported as vast swathes of the country reeled under the unrelenting summer heat.  At least 145 people have died due to intense heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday. In Andhra Pradesh, 87 deaths were reported since yesterday, taking the toll to 182 from 95. 57 people died in Prakasam, the maximum in any district, the state disaster management officials have said, adding that the reports from other districts are being compiled. The figure pertains to the period from May 18 till this evening.

The toll in the heatwave in Andhra Pradesh since May 18 rose swiftly, after 84 more people succumbed across the state on Sunday itself, according to a senior official of the AP Disaster Management Department. The figure was based on information available from different districts. Prakasam district recorded the most number of deaths at 57, followed by Visakhapatnam (53) and Vizianagaram (40), the official said.  162 people had died due to heatwave across the state as per information available until 10 pm on Saturday night. The toll pertains to the period from May 18 until 7.15 pm for the state of Andhra Pradesh.

At least 145 people have died due to intense heat wave in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana since yesterday. The total number of death reported in the two states so far is at 368. In Andhra Pradesh, 87 deaths were reported since yesterday, taking the toll to 182 from 95.

In Andhra Pradesh, the toll rose to 95 with 15 persons succumbing to heat wave across the state, a senior official of disaster management department said. The toll pertains to the period from May 18 till this evening for Andhra Pradesh and from April 15 till Saturday evening for Telangana, the officials said.
The newly created Telangana state reported death of 58 more people since yesterday, as a result of which the toll went up to 186 in 10 districts of the state, a senior official of State Disaster Management Department told PTI. Nalgonda district recorded the maximum number of 55 deaths, followed by Khammam district at 43 and Mahabubnagar district at 23. In Hyderabad, two persons have died due to heatwave. The toll is registered from April 15 in Telangana.

In Hyderabad, two persons have died due to the extreme weather. According to India Meteorological department, severe heatwave conditions are expected to continue till Monday in both these states.

Heart wave however has not affected in some states like Jammu Kashmir and Uttaranchal, etc where cold waves and other natural calamities cause damages regularly.

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