Last year, heat waves killed 2,035 people in the country. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has now warned that the heat waves are back for this year, and has announced that at least eight states across the country will be highly affected over the next two days.
Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Marathwada, Vidarbha, Telangana, Rayalaseema and Tamil Nadu are among the listed states on the IMD website.
Central and peninsular India witnessed the hottest April in recent years, as the death toll across the country went past 130, reports The Times of India.
The Met office said pockets of north India too would witness heatwave conditions as days are likely to get hotter by 2-4 degrees in some parts of the country over the next two-three days.
Almost 100 people have died in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh due to heat wave conditions till now, while sunstroke has claimed 30 lives in Odisha, reports Skymet.
The state government in Telangana issued an alert in all districts to take precautionary measures to minimise its impact.
On Thursday, the highest maximum temperature recorded was 45 degrees Celsius in Odisha. "The state has seen unusually high temperatures this year since February, and temperatures this week went up to 45.8 degrees C, which is the highest recorded in 100 years,” P.K Mohapatra, special relief commissioner told Mint.
Mohapatra has said that heat-wave warnings have been sent out to the public, buses are equipped with first-aid kits and heat-stroke treatment wards have been set up in government hospitals and community health centres.
According to IMD, temperatures are expected to come down a notch or two by Sunday, when isolated dust-storms and thundershowers may cool the northern plains.
However, no such respite is in the offing for peninsular India and surrounding regions. The IMD said the temperature could reach an all-time high figure of 45°C in April.
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