Prabhasakshi Newsroom | Hi heat! Heat index will reach 56℃ in Delhi-NCR, severe heat wreaks havoc in the country, temperature above 45 degrees Celsius in 37 cities

A severe heat wave engulfed large parts of the country on Sunday, with 37 cities recording temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius. In view of the possibility of heat wave in Maharashtra’s Akola, district magistrate Ajit Kumbhar imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) till May 31. A red alert has been issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) for Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

Phalodi in Rajasthan was the hottest place in the country for the second consecutive day with a maximum temperature of 49.8 degrees Celsius. A day earlier, the city had touched 50 degrees Celsius. Official data showed that at least 37 places in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh recorded maximum temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius or above on Sunday. Even the hills of Himachal Pradesh were reeling under scorching temperatures. Shimla recorded its hottest day of the season at 30.6 degrees Celsius, while Una recorded a temperature of 44.4 degrees Celsius.

At least eight places in Delhi recorded maximum temperatures above 46 degrees Celsius, with Mungeshpur and Najafgarh recording 48.3 degrees Celsius and 48.1 degrees Celsius respectively. Haryana’s Narnaul recorded 47 degrees Celsius and Punjab’s Faridkot recorded 47.4 degrees Celsius. Due to the scorching heat, the administration in Maharashtra’s Akola imposed Section 144 (prohibition order) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) till May 31, prohibiting public gatherings. The district magistrate ordered establishments to make adequate arrangements for drinking water and fans for workers.

He directed to change the timing of private coaching classes and not to conduct them during afternoons. According to the Central Water Commission, water storage in India’s 150 major reservoirs fell to only 24 percent of their total storage last week, increasing water shortages in many states and significantly affecting hydropower generation. The scorching heat has already pushed India’s power demand to 239.96 gigawatts, the highest so far this season. Air conditioners and coolers are running at full capacity in homes and offices. Experts predict that there is no hope of any relief in the coming days and the demand for electricity may increase even more.

In Rajasthan, the temperature reached 49 degrees Celsius in Barmer, 48.6 degrees Celsius in Bikaner and 48.5 degrees Celsius in Jaisalmer. Interacting with locals, Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma said round the clock monitoring was being done to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity and water. Leave of officers and personnel of the Electricity, Public Health Engineering and Medical departments has been cancelled. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said intense heat lashed parts of Rajasthan and Delhi, while heatwaves hit parts of Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The maximum temperatures in Maharashtra’s Akola and Yavatmal reached 45.2 degrees Celsius and 46.6 degrees Celsius respectively, while in Madhya Pradesh, Sagar recorded 46.2 degrees Celsius, Guna 46.2 degrees Celsius and Khajuraho 46 degrees Celsius. Haryana and Punjab are reeling under intense heat with maximum temperatures above normal limits on Sunday.

In Haryana’s Mahendragarh, the maximum temperature was recorded at 47 degrees Celsius. In Rohtak and Hisar, the maximum temperature was recorded at 46.7 degrees and 46 degrees Celsius respectively. According to the Meteorological Department, the maximum temperature in Ambala was recorded at 44.8 degrees, in Karnal at 43.7 degrees, in Sirsa at 46.8 degrees while the temperature in Gurugram reached 45.8 degrees Celsius.

The common capital of both the states, Chandigarh, also experienced intense heat, with a maximum temperature of 44.5 degrees Celsius. In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum temperature of 45.2 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana recorded a maximum temperature of 44.8 degrees, while Patiala recorded 45.7, Pathankot 44.5, Bathinda 45.2, Faridkot 44 and Gurdaspur 44.5 degrees. The weather office said that the heat wave will continue in Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and parts of Maharashtra till May 29. According to the IMD, the heat will continue to trouble people even at night in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Rajasthan in the next four days.

Events so far-

Heat wave to severe heat wave likely in Delhi with strong hot winds

The national capital Delhi will witness severe heat on Monday. There is a possibility of a severe heat wave along with strong hot winds today. The Meteorological Department has predicted the maximum temperature in Delhi to be up to 46 degrees Celsius. According to the Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature in Delhi on Monday was recorded at 29.2 degrees Celsius, which is 2.6 degrees higher than the normal temperature of this season. The relative humidity level in the capital was recorded at 48 percent at 8:30 am. The Meteorological Department has predicted clear skies in Delhi today and heat wave to severe heat wave along with strong winds.

Severe heat wave continues in Rajasthan

The period of severe heat continues in Rajasthan where one person died of heat stroke on Sunday. Officials gave this information. Meanwhile, the medical department has appointed medical institution-wise nodal officers for the management of severe heat. According to the Meteorological Center Jaipur, ‘heatwave and intense heatwave’ were recorded at many places in Jodhpur, Bikaner and Kota divisions in the last 24 hours. During this, the maximum temperature in Phalodi was recorded at 49.8 degrees Celsius which is 6.8 degrees Celsius more than normal. The heat in the state can be estimated from the fact that last night the highest minimum temperature was recorded in Kota at 36 degrees Celsius which is 5.0 degrees Celsius more than normal.

people died due to heat stroke

According to the weather centre, the period of severe heat will continue in the state. Public Health Director Dr. Ravi Prakash Mathur said in a statement that 40-year-old Moti Singh, a resident of Sarana village in Ajmer, died on Sunday due to heat stroke. He said that daily wage labourer Moti Singh’s health suddenly deteriorated while loading stones in a tractor in Rupangarh village on Saturday. He was first brought to CHC Rupangarh and from here he was referred to District Hospital Kishangarh. The officer said that Moti Singh died on the way. Meanwhile, under ‘Heatwave Management’, medical institution-wise nodal officers have been appointed in the districts to regularly monitor the health services being provided in hospitals and to meet the immediate needs. These nodal officers will coordinate with the Medical and Health Department and other related departments and ensure all arrangements including prevention, investigation, medicine and treatment from the outbreak of severe heat. Additional Chief Secretary Shubhra Singh informed that 24-hour control rooms are being operated at the state level as well as in all districts to provide immediate relief to patients suffering from ‘heatwave’. Also, helpline 1070 and ambulance services 104 and 108 are available. She informed that instructions have been given to make rational use of Rajasthan Medical Relief Committee (RMRS) funds to meet the immediate needs in medical institutions.

Pagal Baba dies while doing penance in Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh

70-year-old Pagal Baba, who was performing tapasya by lighting fire around him for world peace and de-addiction in Kela Devi area of ​​Sambhal, died after his health deteriorated. Sambhal’s sub-district magistrate Vinay Kumar Mishra said in a statement on Sunday that Baba, popularly known as Kamli Wale Pagal Baba, a resident of Amethi, was performing Panchagni tapasya in Benipur of Kela Devi police station area. His tapasya was to be from May 23 to May 27. He had also taken permission from the administration for this. Mishra said that Pagal Baba’s health suddenly deteriorated on Sunday, after which local villagers tried to take him to the district hospital but he died on the way.

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