Heatwave death toll crosses 130: IMD warns

By: Staff Reporter

New Delhi, April 18 (G’nY News Service): Temperatures are running above normal in major regions of India, for several days now. Places like Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Khajuraho, Churu and Sri Ganganagar are observing day temperatures well above the normals as per IMD data till April 17- recording temperatures above or close to the 45-degree mark. For instance, Bankura recorded a maximum of 46oC, Nizamabad 44.9°C, Delhi (Palam Observatory) 44°C, Ranchi 41.6°C, Nagpur 44.6°C, Churu 44.2°C, Jaipur 41.5°C, Bhopal 42.6°C, etc.

Heatwave conditions are affecting almost all the states of East, Central and Peninsular India. As of April 16, heatwave conditions are prevalent in parts of Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka.
According to the IMD, the heat wave will continue in Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Telangana, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu well into the fourth week of April.

In most other parts of the country, the temperatures have been recorded either ‘appreciably above normal’, which is between 3 to 5 degrees ‘above normal’ or ‘above average’ which is 1.6 to 3 degrees more than season’s average temperature since March 20, the day which marks the starting of heat waves in India.

The mercury touched 44.2oC in Nagpur district on April 15, while the neighboring district Wardha registered 45oC on the scale. Maharashtra reported its first death due to heat waves in Nagpur on the same day. Mangesh Kavane, resident of Besa district and an autorickshaw driver was distributing drinks in a Ram Navmi event where he collapsed and died.

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IMD issued a 48 hours heat wave warning in Tamil Nadu on April 15. According to the IMD, parts of the state will see a heatwave and temperatures will remain between 37 and 41 degrees Celsius. The IMD weather forecasts showed that the temperature in the State in certain areas hit 37.2oC in the afternoon. Chennai, Nagapatiinam, Tiruvallur, Vellore, Kancheepuram, and Ramanadu have been singularly warned by IMD against heatwave.

The New Indian Express has reported that in the duration of heatwaves starting from March 20 to April 15, 66 people have died in Telangana and 45 in Andhra Pradesh. The maximum temperature in Andhra Pradesh was recorded at 44.3oC at Anantapur on April 16.
As of 15th April, 30 deaths have been reported in the state of Odisha. On the same day,

Titlagarh in Odisha recorded its maximum temperature at 45.5oC.
IMD predicted that temperatures in Kolkata after 21th April may rise to 41oC and remain there for 48 hours. 2016 April has been the hottest in more than a decade with the mercury touching 40 degrees on five days between April 10 and 15, the six-day heatwave was also the longest in several years.

A fresh western disturbance over north Pakistan and adjoining areas is reported to bring relief in Northwest India starting from Jammu & Kashmir on 16th April. However, Delhi and many other regions of India is far from respite as of now.

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