Wednesday 22 November 2017

Heatwave in India claims 1,371 lives as temperatures hit 47C

A woman walks along the road with her face covered to protect herself from sun stroke on a hot summer day in Chandigarh, India
A woman walks along the road with her face covered to protect herself from sun stroke on a hot summer day in Chandigarh, India

Eric Zann

A heatwave in India has killed at least 1,371 people this week as temperatures soar above 47C, and doctors' leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick.

May and June are India's hottest months, with temperatures regularly pushing above 40C. But meteorologists say the number of days when temperatures approach 45C has increased in the past 15 years.

The death toll in the worst affected states in the southeast is more than double the toll from a shorter hot spell there last year, officials said, with most of those killed elderly or labourers suffering sunstroke or dehydration.

The toll in Andhra Pradesh state alone has reached 1,020. Authorities have advised people not to head outside in the middle of the day.

However, for many Indians, staying indoors is just not an option.

Irish Independent

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