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Wednesday June 19, 2024

Lalamusa continues to reel under prolonged heatwave

By Our Correspondent
May 27, 2024
A man reacts as he receives a spray of cold water, to avoid the intense heatwave, at a stall, set up by a social welfare organisation. — Reuters/File
A man reacts as he receives a spray of cold water, to avoid the intense heatwave, at a stall, set up by a social welfare organisation. — Reuters/File

LALAMUSA: Parts of Lalamusa continue to reel under a prolonged heatwave that has thrown normal life out of the gear.

With temperatures soaring 5°C to 6°C above normal, the relentless heat has made daily activities increasingly challenging for the residents. Several areas are facing water and electricity shortages due to spikes in power consumption.

The increased demand for cooling solutions such as air conditioners and fans has strained the electricity grid, leading to frequent power outages. This has exacerbated the water shortage as electric pumps fail to operate, leaving many residents without a reliable water supply. District Gujrat, which encompasses Lalamusa along with Gujrat, Kharian, and Sarai Alamgir tehsils, has been in the grip of this heatwave since May 21.

The current wave, set to last till May 30, will be followed by two more in June, further intensifying the already dire situation. The second heatwave is expected from June 7-8, and the third in the last week of the month. In response to the oppressive heat, residents have adopted various measures to beat the heat. Community centres and mosques have opened their doors to provide cool shelter for those unable to cope with the sweltering conditions at their homes.