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June 3, 2024

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Temperatures in many parts of the country have soared above 45°C (113°F), with some regions experiencing record-breaking highs.

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Deadly heatwave kills over 200 people in India

Deadly heatwave kills over 200 people in India

heat wave kills over 200 people in India

New Delhi, India — A devastating heatwave is sweeping across India, causing widespread fatalities and raising concerns over the reality of climate change. The scorching temperatures have claimed over 200 lives in the past week, with the death toll expected to rise as the heatwave continues.

Record-Breaking Temperatures in India

The northern state of Uttar Pradesh has been particularly hard-hit, with Kanpur recording an unprecedented 47.5°C (117.5°F). In the capital city, New Delhi, thermometers reached 46°C (114.8°F), making it one of the hottest days in recent history.

Vulnerable Populations at Risk

The extreme heat poses a severe risk to vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions. Rural areas, where access to healthcare and cooling facilities is limited, have reported the highest number of fatalities. Many residents in these regions are struggling to cope with the relentless heat, with reports of dehydration and heatstroke on the rise.

Government Response

The Indian government has issued heatwave alerts and is urging citizens to take precautions, such as staying indoors during peak hours, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding strenuous activities.

Schools in affected areas have been temporarily closed, and hospitals are on high alert to treat heat-related illnesses.

Climate Change and Future Risks

Experts warn that the frequency and intensity of heatwaves in India are likely to increase due to climate change. A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted that South Asia is one of the most vulnerable regions to climate-induced heatwaves.

The current heatwave is a stark reminder of the urgent need to address climate change,” said Dr. Rajesh Kumar, a climatologist. “Without significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we can expect more frequent and severe heatwaves in the coming years.” the report said.

 

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