31 May 2024

Heat wave havoc grips many states ahead of final phase of Lok Sabha elections-2024: Concerns rise over extreme heat

Severe heat in several states has left people in distress. Temperatures have soared above 45 degrees Celsius in numerous cities over the past few days.

Official data on the total number of heatwave-related deaths in the country this year is yet to be disclosed. However, on Friday, at least 14 individuals lost their lives in Bihar and four in Odisha due to the effects of "extreme heat".

Intense heat has prompted the central and state governments to express concern ahead of the seventh and final phase of voting on June 1. Over the past few days, temperatures exceeding 50 degrees have been reported in numerous districts of Rajasthan. 

Similarly, record-breaking heat has been observed in the capital Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, and Haryana. Additionally, water scarcity continues to be a significant issue in many regions during this period.

According to the latest information from the Meteorological Department, heat wave conditions are likely to occur in parts of Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, Uttarakhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha on June 1, 2024.

Regarding the heat wave, Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) scientist Soma Sen said, "In the last 24 hours, many people have died due to heat in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha."

"We expect that the heat will gradually decrease in these states from tomorrow. Therefore, an orange alert has been issued for heatwave in 9 states including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand."

10 polling personnel among 14 die in Bihar

Bihar State Disaster Management Department has said that 14 people died on Friday due to extreme heat, including 10 polling personnel.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan High Court has said that over a hundred people have passed away recently as a result of the weather conditions. The court suggested that the government should consider declaring it a national disaster, allowing for emergency measures to be taken if needed, similar to the response to floods and earthquakes.

10 died in govt hospital of Rourkela in Odisha

On Thursday, 10 people died in the government hospital of Rourkela in Odisha. It is believed that these deaths have occurred due to heat stroke, although these figures have not been confirmed yet. The state government has advised to stop all work done in the open between 11 am and 3 pm.

Heat stroke claims lives in UP

In UP, Sonbhadra District Magistrate Vijay Singh said that two people died in the district on Friday, allegedly due to heatstroke. Both were on election duty.

On Friday, 23 jawans posted on election duty in Mirzapur also fell ill.

Medical College Principal BR Lal said, "Six people have died and two are in critical condition. I came to know that they suddenly fell there. When they were brought to the hospital, they had high fever, high blood pressure and high sugar. Due to this, they can also have a brain stroke."

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