10 Indian cities are among the world’s 15 hottest places as intense heatwave sweeps India.
According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) alert issued on Sunday, severe heat wave condition is likely to prevail over Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region during the next four days and over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, and south Uttar Pradesh during the next two days.
A heat wave is usually declared when the maximum temperature remains above 45 degrees Celsius for two consecutive days.
Surendranagar in Gujarat was the hottest with 45.3 degrees Celsius, while State capital Gandhinagar boiled with 45 degrees Celsius. Ahmedabad and six other districts saw temperatures between 43 and 44 degrees Celsius.Two people have died of heatstroke as Gujarat reeled under a severe heatwave, with temperatures crossing 45 degrees Celsius at several places.
In all parts of the Maharashtra, particularly the arid regions of Marathwada and Vidarbha, Weather forecasts predicts a delayed monsoon which will aggravate water woes.Water situation continues to be grim as ever in Marathwada where only 2.9% of the cumulative water stock is remaining in dams and reservoirs.
Temperatures in Rajasthan’s Churu crossed 50 degrees Celsius on Sunday, making it the hottest place in the country. The extreme heat has claimed one life in Rajasthan (a farmer died of sunstroke).
Jammu in Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Chennai too have been affected by the severe heatwave.
The Indian peninsula has seen a drastic change in rainfall patterns over the past decade, marked by frequent droughts, floods and sudden storms