Heat Wave in India on June 13 2019 01:16 PM (UTC).
A heatwave in the eastern Indian state of Bihar has so far killed 184 people this season, according to the figures released by the disaster management department. Most of the deaths have been reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada districts. India is facing a severe heatwave with temperatures in Churu town in Rajasthan surpassing 122 Fahrenheit (50 Celsius). At least 34 deaths were reported Sunday in Aurangabad and more than 200 people were being treated at hospitals. The local government in Gaya imposed a section of the law that prohibits unlawful assembly, but said it wanted residents to stay indoors so they would not suffer from the deadly heat. According to a circular issued by the district, all government and non-government construction works, and cultural programs or gathering in open spaces between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time have been banned. The government also ordered all government and government-aided schools to remain closed until June 22 across the state. "We have asked people to remain indoor in view of prevailing heatwave conditions," Abhishek Singh, district magistrate of Gaya told Anadolu Agency. "There are many people who are admitted and undergoing treatment in the city. We are monitoring the situation." Concerned by the deaths, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar announced a compensation of Rs 400,000 ($5,800) to victims' families.
Severe heatwave killed 29 more people in Bihar in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll over the past two days to 78, official said Monday. However unofficially, the heatwave has claimed more than 150 lives in across a dozen districts. Deaths were reported from Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui districts, where temperatures hovered around 45 degrees Celsius June 15 and 16. According to the State Disaster Management Department website, some 78 deaths had been recorded till 11 a.m. Monday. Of these, Aurangabad recorded 33 deaths, Gaya 31, Nawada 12 and Jamui 2. Additional Health Director of Magadh range Dr Vijay Kumar said that nearly 150 people had been admitted in government-run hospitals in Gaya, Aurangabad and Nawada, while dozens were being treated at primary health centres in the three districts. The state Health Department Monday sent a team of doctors to the worst-hit Aurangabad and Gaya districts. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the deaths and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the victims. The government has also issued a heat alert in the wake of the rising death toll and advised people to take care while going outside during day time.
Severe heatwave left at least 45 people dead and more than 100 hospitalized in the past 24 hours in Bihar, officials said on Sunday. Deaths due to the heatwave were reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada districts. Gaya and Patna recorded temperature above 45 degree Celsius on Saturday. Aurangabad civil surgeon Dr. Surendra Prasad Singh confirmed 27 deaths due to the heatwave till late Saturday night. "Dozens are being treated for it in different hospitals," he said. Gaya District Magistrate Abhishek Singh confirmed 14 deaths, while another district official confirmed five deaths in Nawada. In both the districts, more than 60 people are being treated for the heatwave. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief over the deaths and announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the victims. The government has also issued a heat alert in the wake of the rising death toll and advised people to take care while going outside during day time.
Tens of thousands have fled drought-stricken villages across northern India as a record-breaking heat wave that has killed scores of people drags on and water supplies dwindle. In the worst-hit areas many villages starved of water have been abandoned until the arrival of the monsoon brings relief, after weeks of temperatures topping 50 degrees. In the northern states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan fighting has broken out over scarce water supplies, with police deployed to protect water trucks and wells. Dozens of people have died in what is now one of the longest heat waves in decades. Delhi suffered temperatures of 48 degrees last week, the hottest June day on record.
Intense heatwave conditions prevailed across Odisha on Wednesday as the mercury soared above 45 degrees Celsius in six places. Besides, day temperature hovered above 40 degree Celsius in 9 districts of the state, according to the latest IMD report. Today, Sambalpur was the hottest place in the state with the mercury reaching 45.6 degree Celsius. The other places which recorded over 45 degrees Celsius are Talcher (45.3), Hirakud (45.2), Sonepur (45.2), Jharsuguda (45), Titlagarh (45). The Twin Cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack also reeled under severe heatwave conditions today. While the State Capital recorded 42.5 degree Celsius, the Millennium City recorded 40.5 degree Celsius. The other Odisha districts which also witnessed a substantial rise in the maximum day temperature today are Sundergarh (44.5), Angul (43.9), Malkangiri (42.6), Bolangir (42.5), Bhawanipatna (41.8), Keonjhar (40.9) and Chandbali (40.8). On the other hand, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) regional centre here has issued heatwave warning for 17 districts of the state during the next three days.
According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) department, the heatwave conditions in the country have cost the lives of 36 people, most of them in Andhra Pradesh. In 2018, the nation-wide toll was 25. An NDMA official informed that the state-wide statistics are being finalized but it has been confirmed that the maximum deaths were registered in Andhra Pradesh. As per the stats, a place such as Churu, where the temperature crossed the 50 degrees Celsius mark didn't register even a single death owing to the heatwave but eastern Rajasthan recorded several deaths. It is believed that the humidity has also contributed to the rising temperatures. Elaborating on the phenomena, Anup Kumar Srivastava, consultant with NDMA was quoted saying to a news agency, "If in a district in Andhra Pradesh, the temperature has crossed the 40 degrees Celsius mark and in places like Churu where the mercury has risen beyond 50┬░Celsius, the AP district would be more affected." He further said that the overall comfortable index is higher than a person in the AP is used to experiencing due to the humidity in the state reaching up to 80-90 percent causing the people to feel that the temperatures are more than 70 degree Celsius. While this falls true for most of the coastal states like Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, the humidity in Churu is around 10 to 15 percent which didn't cause any larger impact. In 2017, heatwave deaths significantly reduced to 29 from 1,111 in 2016 due to rising temperatures.