Severe heatwave claims over 2000 lives, India

Severe heatwave claims over 2000 lives, India

Severe heatwave in India has claimed more than 2 000 lives in last two weeks, authorities reported this Sunday, May 31, 2015. Weather officials warn that humid and hot conditions could last another four or five days.

Despite strong pre-monsoon showers occurrence at the end of last week, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states in south India remained under the impact of the heatwave with temperatures hovering between 42.2 and 45 degrees Celsius (108 and 113 degrees Fahrenheit).

Temperature maxima reached 45°C (113°F) in Andhra Pradesh and 42.7°C (109°F) in Telangan on Sunday, just a little below the last week's maxima of 47.2°C (117°F).

“The meteorological department has issued a warning of high temperatures for a couple of more days,” P. Tulsi Rani, special commissioner of the disaster-management department in Andhra Pradesh, said Sunday. "However, there should be relief with some rains expected during the next four or five days.”

According to Ms. Rani, 1 636 people have died from heat-related problems in her state during the past week.

The state government in Andhra Pradesh has launched a publicity campaign advising citizens to stay indoors during the day, drink lots of water, use an umbrella and keep their heads and bodies covered to avoid sunstroke. The government has also set up tents or temporary stands where water, as well as buttermilk, is distributed free of charge and people are “encouraged” to drink, Ms. Rani said.

541 people have died from heat during last week, in Telangana, said B.R Meena, a top state official. Local media sources have been mobilized to inform people on how to protect themselves from the heat induced danger. Hospitals too have been alerted, "but the heat has definitely come down in the last few days as we have received information about fewer new patients getting admitted with heat stroke", said Mr. Meena.

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Temperatures up to 46.1°C degrees (115°F) continued in other parts of India. 45 deaths were recorded in the state of Orissa, 12 in West Bengal, and 7 in Ahmedabad city.

New Delhi recorded a temperature maxima of 42.2°C (108°F) on Sunday, May 31. It is still unknown whether the heatwave has resulted in any deaths, according to the city authorities.

May is India’s hottest month, but, even so, temperatures have by far exceeded the normal. In the coastal region of Andhra Pradesh, daytime temperatures rose more than 7°C (40°F) higher than average, according to India's meteorological department director B.P. Yadav.

Aftab Ahmad, an internal medicine expert at a hospital in Hyderabad, said there could be many reasons for the heavy death toll. “The prime among them is what is called climatic acclimatization. This year the temperature changed suddenly. This disturbs the defense mechanisms of the body.”

Indian government's National Disaster Management Authority website states that severe heatwaves are the result of global climate change. According to India's weather department, monsoon rains which were expected to hit the southern coast of Kerala on Saturday, will probably be delayed by four to five days. Usually, the monsoon season begins in June and the rains spread across the whole country by September.

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Comments

barry 5 years ago

108-117 sounds like a summer in the southern plains of the US.

Rick Langley 5 years ago

Prepare for The Warning

Signs will appear in the sky first – the sun will spin
November 11, 2011

Prayer, and much of it, is needed to help save souls now. You, My daughter, must prepare your family and tell those in need of My great Mercy to be ready.

Once again the signs will appear first. Many people will sit up and take heed when they see the changes in the skies. They will witness the sun spin like never before. Then they will see the Cross. This will happen immediately before the stars clash in the skies and when My Rays of Divine Mercy will cover the Earth.

Silence will ensue so that each soul will be in a state of absolute privacy when they come before Me. Tell My children what to watch out for, because they must not be afraid. This is not an Event to fear. Instead you must all welcome this encounter.

All My children must accept that it is I Who now comes before them. They must not think that this is the end of the world. For it is not. It is the beginning of a new period in time when all of My children will know the Truth at last.

I rejoice and feel a great tenderness towards every single soul who can be redeemed if they allow Me to give them this Gift.

Pray, pray, pray for all souls now and in particular for those who will be so fearful that they may not be strong enough to accept My Hand of Mercy.

Your Saviour
Jesus Christ
https://fatherofloveandmercy.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/signs-will-appear-in-the-sky-first-the-sun-will-spin/

Alex 5 years ago

Thinking and praying for the people there.

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