More than 100 people died this summer, 40 thousand people suffered from heatstroke, ET HealthWorld

More than 100 people died this summer, 40 thousand people suffered from heatstroke, ET HealthWorld


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New Delhi: The scorching heat in India has taken a toll on both humans and wildlife. According to the Health Ministry, between March 1 and June 18, more than 40,000 suspected heatstroke cases have been reported and at least 110 deaths have been confirmed.

The country has been battling extreme weather conditions this summer, with long-lasting heatwaves affecting large parts of the country and heavy rains in the Northeast causing flooding. The heatwave, caused by human-driven climate change, has caused temperatures in northern India to rise to nearly 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), making it one of the longest heatwaves on record.

The scorching heat has led to birds falling from the sky and hospitals being flooded with heat-stricken patients. “During the ongoing scorching heat, most of the bird rescue calls we receive are due to birds falling from the sky,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder and CEO of Wildlife SOS.

In response to the heat wave, the Health Ministry has ordered federal and state institutions to give immediate attention to patients, while hospitals in Delhi, which are facing water shortages, have been instructed to make more beds available. The weather office has also forecast above-normal temperatures for this month, with officials blaming unbalanced development for the heat trapping Indian cities.

According to the police officer, bodies of more than 26 people from economically deprived communities have been recovered in five districts of the national capital in the last two days. The exact cause of death is yet unknown. The officer also said that these deaths have occurred during the intense heat wave prevailing in the region.

Meanwhile, incessant rains in the northeastern state of Assam have triggered floods and landslides, killing at least six people.

Flooding in Assam has affected more than 160,000 people, with water levels in the Kopili, a major tributary of the Brahmaputra river, crossing the danger mark. More than 30 people have lost their lives since late May due to floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in the state.

  • Published on June 20, 2024 at 12:50 PM IST

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