Intense heatwave grips India, at least 37 killed

Published on : Thursday, April 20, 2017

Intense heatwave grips IndiaThe onset of summer in India has taken palce and the country has been gripped by intense heat wave with mercury soaring to 45 degrees in some parts of the country, China’s Xinhua news agency reported according to meteorological department officials.


In the southern state of Telangana, at least 37 people have died due to the heatwave since the beginning of this month, India’s official broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) said.


The local Telangana government advanced summer holidays for schools due to prevailing heatwave conditions across the state. It has also issued an advisory to people not to venture out especially between 11am to 4pm to avoid the severe heat.


“Yesterday, severe heatwave conditions were prevailing at many places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi,” a statement issued by the Indian Meteorological Department said today.


“Heatwave conditions at a few places over Vidarbha and at isolated places over Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh were recorded.”


Yesterday, the highest maximum temperature of 46.2 degrees Celsius was recorded at Chandrapur (Vidarbha) in the Maharashtra. Delhi, the capital city, recorded 44 degrees Celsius.


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