Heatwave claims 2 more lives, hospitals on alert in M'rashtra

Heatwave claims 2 more lives, hospitals on alert in M'rashtra
Heatwave conditions continued in Maharashtra on Friday, taking the death toll to four, even as there are indications that it will continue on Saturday. However, some respite is expected on Sunday.

A former sarpanch of Bhabulde village in Dhule, Babulbai Nikumbe (49), died on Thursday evening, while Basappa Nagappa from Solapur district died of a sunstroke on Friday. This takes the toll in the last two days to four.

On Wednesday and Thursday, two deaths were reported — one of a teenager from Aurangabad and the other was a 50-year-old woman from Beed, both from the Marathwada region.

According to the IMD’s Regional Meteorological Centre in Mumbai, the maximum temperature is likely to be above 40 degrees Celsius at a few places over north central Maharashtra and Marathwada and drop thereafter. The heatwave is very likely to prevail at isolated places over the Vidarbha region over the next 24 hours, it said.

According to Skymet Weather, these weather conditions can be attributed to the inflow of dry and hot winds prevailing from the north to the northwest direction. These winds are coming from the central region of the country where the maximum is already sky-high.

These dry and hot winds are resulting in an increase in temperatures. The weather conditions will remain the same and temperatures will continue to settle way above the 40-degree mark.

Public Health Minister Deepak Sawant said all hospitals have been put on alert to tackle any emergencies related to the heatwave. In Mumbai, the maximum temperature was 33 degrees Celsius and the minimum 25 degree Celsius, but humidity made it difficult for commuters. Akola was the hottest place in the state with a maximum temperature of 44 degrees Celsius, followed by Chandrapur (43.2 degrees Celsius), Bramhapuri (43.1 degrees Celsius), Jalgaon (42.2 degrees Celsius) and Malegaon (42 degrees Celsius).


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