Monday, 11 April 2016

Extreme heat in Indian subcontinent

At least 111 people killed by heat wave in India

India heatwave update: Hard to imagine the conditions in May-June with April already unbearable and temp above 45°C

10 April, 2016

With the Meteorological Department issuing a heat wave warning for Kolkata and other district of West Bengal, the state government today announced to shut down government schools from Monday onwards.

The mercury has been soaring in the state and it has taken its toll with a middle aged man dying in Kolkata.

According to Alipore Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature today was 40 degrees Celsius as recorded around 2:30 p.m. Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh education department issued a direction asking all schools to be shut down by 1 pm to save the students from the scorching afternoon sun.

The unrelenting mercury continued to acquire more towns into its fold with as many as 18 places registering over 40 degrees Celsius in Odisha today.

Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heat wave conditions would prevail for at least a week from now.

Sundargarh recorded the highest temperature today with 45°C followed by Titlagarh at 43°C.

The mercury level in capital city, however, showed marginal increase at 42.2°C from yesterday's 41.4°C.

"Heat wave condition may prevail over some parts of coastal Odisha during the next five days.

The mercury may rise after April 16," said the IMD bulletin.

The heat wave like condition threw life out of gear across the state today.

The sweltering conditions made life miserable for people.

The worst-hit were people on outdoor duty.

"It is unbearable to venture out in this scorching heat.

This abnormal rise in temperature in Bhubaneswar can be attributed to depleting green cover in the city," a resident expressed.

Motorists were seen with wet towels and veils on their faces to get some respite from the blistering heat.

"We wrap around wet towels on our face to get relief from the heat. After 10 am, it is difficult to venture out.

If weather condition is such in April then you can well imagine the condition in May-June," said a Talcher-based resident.

Meanwhile, district administrations have asked Tehsildars and Block Development Officers (BDOs) to make drinking water facility at several locations and repair defunct tube wells.


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