Heatwave News: Over 270 deaths reported, relief expected soon

Heatwave News: Over 270 deaths reported, relief expected soon

New Delhi. A severe heatwave continues to scorch India, claiming over 270 lives across various states. The rising temperature across the country is taking its toll on the people. They are forced to walk out of their homes to lead their lives. The rising temperature is taking its toll leading to loss of human lives. Uttar Pradesh has been the worst affected, with more than 160 fatalities reported.

Heatwave takes toll across states

Uttar Pradesh: Over 160 deaths have been attributed to the heatwave in UP, with 80 reported in Purvanchal alone. Varanasi, Azamgarh, Mirzapur, Ghazipur, and other districts have also seen casualties.
Bihar: At least 65 people have succumbed to the scorching heat in Bihar, with the highest number of deaths reported in Aurangabad.

Odisha: 41 fatalities have been linked to the heatwave in Odisha, with Sundargarh district recording the highest number of casualties.

Jharkhand: 11 people have died due to heatstroke in different parts of the state, with five deaths reported in Kolhan and four in Palamu.

Other States: Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab are also experiencing severe heatwave conditions, with temperatures exceeding 45 degrees Celsius in several areas.

Relief expected soon predicts IMD

The Meteorological Department has issued an orange alert for Friday, warning of possible heatwave conditions in parts of western and eastern Uttar Pradesh. However, there is hope for relief as moist easterly winds are expected to bring cooler temperatures to Bihar from June 1st.

Five hottest cities across India

  1. Ganganagar (Rajasthan) - 48.3°C
  2. Sidhi (Madhya Pradesh) - 48.2°C
  3. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) - 47.8°C
  4. Rohtak (Haryana) - 47.5°C
  5. Daltonganj (Jharkhand) - 47.4°C

Authorities urge caution

With the heatwave persisting for the next 48 hours, authorities are urging people to stay hydrated, avoid unnecessary outdoor exposure, and wear light clothing.

Staying Safe During a Heatwave

Here are some tips to help you stay cool and hydrated during a heatwave:

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water: Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Aim to sip on cool water throughout the day, even if you're not feeling hot.
Avoid dehydrating drinks: Limit alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks, as these can worsen dehydration.
Electrolyte drinks: Consider sports drinks or homemade electrolyte solutions to replenish lost salts and minerals, especially if you're sweating a lot.

Stay Cool

  • Limit sun exposure: Avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day, typically between 11 am and 3 pm.
  • Seek shade: When outdoors, stay in the shade whenever possible. Use an umbrella or wear a wide-brimmed hat for additional protection.
  • Cool clothing: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton.
  • Cooling down: Take cool showers or baths, or dampen cloths and place them on your pulse points (wrists, neck, ankles).

Cool Your Home

  • Close windows and blinds: During the day, keep your windows and blinds closed to block out direct sunlight and heat gain.
  • Open windows at night: When the outside temperature cools down at night, open windows and doors to allow for natural ventilation.
  • Fans: Use fans to circulate air. If you don't have air conditioning, consider placing a bowl of ice in front of a fan for a cooler breeze.
  • Limit heat sources: Avoid using heat-generating appliances like ovens or dryers during the hottest parts of the day.

Check on Others

Vulnerable populations: Regularly check in on elderly people, young children, and those with chronic health conditions, as they are more susceptible to heatstroke.
Pets: Don't leave pets unattended in hot cars. Provide them with plenty of water and shade.

Heatstroke Warning Signs

Be aware of the warning signs of heatstroke, which include:

High body temperature (above 104°F)
Confusion, dizziness, or headache
Nausea or vomiting
Rapid, shallow breathing
Feeling faint or weak
Loss of consciousness
If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.


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