Why is India overheating

India completely overheated

Numerous victims / 47.8 degrees in Sriganganagar

  • By Hilmar K├Ânig, Delhi
  • Reading time: 2 min.

Even if the information on the number of heat deaths in India fluctuates between 34 and 50, it is clear that the north of the subcontinent suffers from extremely high temperatures. In Sriganganagar in the state of Rajasthan, the thermometer climbed to the record high of 47.8 degrees Celsius. In Gwalior it was 46 degrees and even Shimla, which is actually praised for its coolness in summer, reported 29 degrees. In Delhi the temperatures have been over 44 degrees for days. This brings considerable hardship for the population, because the power supply collapses for up to five hours a day. And the chronic water shortage in the metropolis is now particularly noticeable because the private domestic water supply no longer works because of the power failure. The Delhi authorities have ordered that no air conditioners (room cooling systems) are allowed to run from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The intention to close all shops at 7.30 p.m., however, was shattered by the strong resistance of the public. From May 10th, the students of the state schools will be sent early on vacation. There was a similar recommendation to private schools. In Uttar Pradesh, all schools have already been closed because of the heat, ten days before the start of the regular summer vacation. Most of the heat deaths, mostly homeless and day laborers working in the blazing sun, were recorded in Orissa and Uttar Pradesh. According to the meteorological service, it must be expected that the monsoon rainy season from June to September brings a precipitation deficit of seven percent of the annual mean. This will also have a negative impact on the areas of agriculture that are dependent on the monsoons.

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