Heat deaths in Telangana, Odisha;Mercury touches 44°

RSTV Bureau
Mirage appears at the Rajpath between North Block and South Block as temperature rises in New Delhi on Wednesday. Photo-PTI

Mirage appears at the Rajpath between North Block and South Block as temperature rises in New Delhi on Wednesday.

It is just half way through the month of April and temperatures have already touched the 45 degree mark in many parts of the country.

After Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicted that heatwave conditions will prevail at isolated places in the state, Telangana on Tuesday registered the maximum temperature of 44 degrees celsius claiming at least 35 lives.

“So far 35 people are reported dead, we have issued heatwave alerts to all district collectors and officials concerned. People are advised not to venture out during afternoon when the temperature is at peak,” said Principal Secretary Revenue B R Meena in Hyderabad today.

Weather department also said that dry northwesterly winds are prevailing across Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana and adjoining Chhattisgarh region giving rise to temperature levels.

Heatwave is affecting lives in Odisha too, the highest temperature in the state was 44.5 degrees Celsius, recorded on Tuesday at Titlagarh. The state government has cancelled leaves of all employees associated with rural water supply and sanitation and asked them to be engaged with people on a regular basis.

Mercury levels fell to 42.9 degrees Celsius from yesterday’s 45.8 degrees Celsius in the state capital Bhubaneswar and as many as 16 towns and cities in the state registered temperature above 42 degrees celsius.

“We have cancelled the leaves of all RWSS employees as water scarcity is felt in some part of the state. RWSS engineers and workers have been directed to keep their offices open and ensure that people get water to drink,” said rural development secretary P K Mohapatra.

Odisha has officially recorded reports of 19 alleged sunstroke deaths from different parts of the state.

In Bengal, large parts of poll bound constituencies are reeling under heatwave conditions with day temperatures soaring to 45.1 degrees celsius in Bankura, the highest in the country’s plains for the day. The Met Department has predicted no respite in the next few days.

In capital Kolkata, the day temperature stood at 40.5 degrees, five degrees above normal. Asansol and Burdwan recorded 43 degrees and 42.5 degrees celsius respectively.

heatwave conditions are likely to continue for the next few days in Kolkata and neighbouring areas with day temperatures hovering around 42 degrees, the Met department forecast said.

The West Bengal government has announced a holiday owing to excessive heat in all state-run and state-aided schools. It has also requested private schools to consider keeping the institutions closed due to the prevailing heatwave conditions.