25 Lives Claimed for Heatwaves in Maharashtra

NATIONAL

At least 25 lives so far have been claimed due to the unprecedented heatwave in Maharashtra, the highest since 2016. Apart from this, 374 cases of heat stroke have been reported in March and April this year. In some areas, the mercury rising in the thermometer to 46 degrees Celsius - recorded highs in the past 100 years.

The state is with the number of heat-stroke cases standing at around 375. 

Out of 25 lives, 15 deaths have been reported from Vidarbha - the highest death reported city - where the temperature ranges from 40C to 46C.

Chandrapur is among the global hotspots with temperatures hovering around 46 degrees Celsius. Particularly in northern, and central parts of the state boiling between 40C-46C, and the majority of the places have the temperature between 35 and 46 degrees since March-end onwards.

This is the highest toll due to heat-wave in the past seven years in the state - 2016 (19 deaths), 2018 (2 deaths), and 2019 (9 deaths). The energy demand reached the highest at 28,276 MW because of the heat wave.

The District Health Committee confirmed these 25 deaths were due to heatwave or a heat stroke based on the victim's symptoms, his/her exposure to heat, the temperature-humidity levels of the past 72 hours where the death occurred. Heatstroke is a serious heat-related emergency that occurs when the body is unable to control its internal temperature due to exposure to heat.

A heatwave is a period of abnormally high temperatures i.e. for five or more consecutive days during which the daily maximum temperature exceeds the average maximum temperature by five degrees Celsius. As per the Indian Meteorological Department, the normal temperature for plain is 40C and for hilly areas is 30C. When the maximum temperature is equal to or above 45°C, it is a heatwave, while if it's 47°C or above, it is a severe heatwave.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • Ongoing heatwave claimed 25 lives in Maharashtra and about 370 cases of heat stroke have been reported in March and April this year.
  • In some areas, the mercury rising on the thermometer to 46 degrees Celsius - recorded highs in the past 100 years.
  • Out of 25 lives, 15 deaths have been reported from Vidarbha where the temperture ranges from 40C to 46C.
  • The energy demand reached the highest at 28,276 MW because of the heatwave.
  • For five or more consecutive days, if the daily maximum temperature exceeds the average maximum temperature by five degrees Celsius it is considered a heatwave.

   Facts to know:

  • Meteorology - A branch of science dealing with the atmosphere and its various phenomena.
  • India Meteorological Department (IMD) was founded in 1875.
  • IMD functions under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
preparing for jeet

Preparing for Govt. Exams?

Here is you path to Jeet

View courses