The nation has been crippled with the worst ever heat wave, with the mercury touching as high as high as a burning 51 degrees Celsius (123.8 degrees Fahrenheit)! Most parts of the country including the national capital is struggling with temperature in the range of 45-47 degrees C from past many weeks. And according to the Meteorological dept. there is no respite in the next several days too.
Roads have melted in the capital New Delhi, where forecasters said they expected the hot, dry conditions to continue into next week as well.
This video pulled up by Daily Mail says it all:
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) May 25, 2016
Hospitals in the worst-affected states were on alert to treat victims of heatstroke and authorities advised people to stay indoors and drink plenty of water.
As of last week the death toll from India’s heat wave has risen to nearly 1,400. Most of the deaths, according to officials, have been among construction workers, the elderly, and the homeless — people who are typically most exposed to high heat and who don’t have access to air conditioning.
At least 1,020 people have died in Andhra Pradesh in southeastern India, while 340 people have died in the adjacent state of Telangana. In northeastern West Bengal and Orissa, at least 24 people have died.
“The state government has taken up education programmes through television and other media to tell people not to venture into the outside without a cap, to drink water and other measures,” P. Tulsi Rani, special commissioner for disaster management in Andhra Pradesh, said.
“We have also requested NGOs and government organisations to open up drinking water camps so that water will be readily available for all the people in the towns.”
But the condition remains pathetic for those thousands of Indians who are not able to afford the regular power supply; forget about the comfort of air conditioning at home. The only respite for the majority of such population will be some NGO or other voluntary organisations coming in and providing basic water, power supply and proper shelter to save themselves from direct heat.