More than 1,100 people were killed by a stifling heat in India during the last weak. The area, which suffered the most is the state of Andhra Pradesh. According to the government, about 852 people died there due…
More than 1,100 people were killed by a stifling heat in India during the last weak.
The area, which suffered the most is the state of Andhra Pradesh. According to the government, about 852 people died there due to the abnormal heat. 266 people have died in the sate of Telangana, which is located right near Andhra Pradesh.
According to B.P. Yadav, director of the India Meteorological Department, the highest temperature that was fixed on thermometers was 47 degrees Celsius on Monday (117 degrees Fahrenheit).
Yadav said that the hot dry winds, which were blowing from Pakistan’s Sindh province, northern and central India, just worsen the situation.
This extreme, dry heat is being blown into India by westerly winds
The meteorological department warned on Tuesday that such high temperature would continue for at least two days. Though, another hot wave is to come soon.
Majority of victims were poor people, as well as homeless and builders, who had to be under the direct sun beams. Only one-third of all population of India have access to electricity. Thus, millions of people had to survive without roof. Those who had electricity weren’t relieved as the power wasn’t stable during the most hot period. In order to survive, a lot of homeless went to shops and malls for a shelter and cool air.
All people in India are recommended to stay indoor and drink liquids.
Hot weather conditions shouldn’t be a reason of such high death rate, but as India has really humid climate, it affects people even more. Scientists say that hot waves in India are likely to become more frequent.