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Sunday July 14, 2024

56 die in India's lethal heatwave

Situation was worst in May, with 46 heat-related deaths and 19,189 suspected heat stroke cases, as per govt data

By Web Desk
June 03, 2024
Women wearing scarves walk in a garden on a hot summer day in New Delhi on May 30, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. India is enduring a crushing heatwave with temperatures in several cities sizzling well above 45 degrees Celsius. — AFP
Women wearing scarves walk in a garden on a hot summer day in New Delhi on May 30, 2024, amid ongoing heatwave. India is enduring a crushing heatwave with temperatures in several cities sizzling well above 45 degrees Celsius. — AFP 

NEW DELHI: The deadly heatwave in India has claimed the lives of at least 56 people from the month of March to May 2024.

Citing government data, the country's local media reported about the fatalities and the heatwave triggering nearly 25,000 cases of suspected heat stroke.

Reuters reported that the month of May was deadly for India as temperatures increased, worsening the situation of heatwave, particularly in New Delhi. The country's Rajasthan state also reached the 50 degrees Celsius mark.

On the contrary, the country's eastern region has been suffering from the impact of cyclone Remal, while heavy rainfall in the north eastern state of Assam has claimed the lives of at least 14 people since last Tuesday.

In the island nation of Sri Lanka, at least 15 people have died due to flooding and landslides after heavy monsoon rain lashed the region, the country's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Sunday.

A confluence of factors has led to a very hot summer in South Asia, a trend scientists say has been worsened by human-driven climate change.

At least 33 people, including election officials on duty in India's just-concluded general election, died of suspected heatstroke in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the north, and Odisha in the east on Friday.

Data from the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) showed that the situation was worst in May, with 46 heat-related deaths and 19,189 suspected heat stroke cases, news website The Print reported.

Including suspected cases, the total number of deaths in India could be much higher at 80, newspaper The Hindu reported.

Over 5,000 cases of heatstroke were detected in the central state of Madhya Pradesh alone.

The weather office has predicted that heat wave conditions will be less severe till Wednesday and an early arrival of monsoon in the southern state of Kerala last week is expected to bring more relief.