6 Jan 2024

Madhya Pradesh Weather: Severe cold and rain wreaking havoc in state, worst effect on people's health seen in Gwalior

Madhya Pradesh is currently grappling with the adverse effects of a combination of severe cold and rain. The winter season has brought about overcast skies and fog, with heavy rain observed in various districts, including the capital city of Bhopal, on Friday. This precipitation has led to a significant drop in temperatures across the state, with Gwalior recording the lowest temperature. The Meteorological Department has issued a rain alert for numerous districts on both Saturday and Sunday.

Senior meteorologist Ved Prakash Singh explained that an active western disturbance over northern Haryana is contributing to increased moisture in the winds. Consequently, there is a possibility of light rain on Monday. The prevailing severe cold conditions are expected to persist for the next week.

On Friday, the day temperature was recorded at 15.6 degrees, while in Shimla it was 17 degrees. Even on Friday night, Gwalior remained the coldest in Madhya Pradesh with a temperature of 10.2 degrees.The intense cold in Madhya Pradesh has turned perilous, with a prevailing cold wave gripping nearly every city and bringing life to a standstill. 

Youth succumbs in Gwalior

A young man suddenly fell unconscious while jogging in Gwalior on Saturday at the Airport Road Maharajpura. The passers-by took him to the hospital, where doctors declared him dead. The youth is suspected to have succumbed to cardiac arrest. The deceased has not been identified.

Hospitals in Gwalior report a surge in cases of heart attacks

Gwalior is currently grappling with a harsh cold spell that has persisted for the past two weeks, adversely impacting lives and posing significant health challenges. The adverse effects of the cold are most pronounced among individuals with pre-existing health conditions, notably heart and blood pressure patients. Hospitals report a surge in cases of heart attacks, brain hemorrhages, and paralysis, underscoring the health risks associated with the ongoing winter conditions.

Reports from Jayarogya Hospital reveal a concerning 20 percent increase in heart attack cases, alongside a rise in incidents of brain hemorrhages and paralysis. 

The environmental conditions in Gwalior have further exacerbated the situation, with dense fog enveloping the city each evening and the absence of sunlight for the past two weeks. This prolonged cold period poses a serious threat to individuals with conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. 

Take precautionary measures: Doc

Dr. Shailendra Parihar (MD Medicine) emphasizes the necessity for precautionary measures among these vulnerable groups. He recommends avoiding morning walks, especially immediately after sunrise, and opting for evening walks instead. Timely medication for blood pressure, heart, and sugar patients is crucial, along with the use of warm clothing to combat the cold. Additionally, consuming hot food is advised to maintain body heat in the harsh winter conditions.

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