Bhubaneswar, April 23: Scathing heat wave has gripped India affecting the lives of at least 330 million people. The monstruous climatic condition has claimed more than 160 lives. Soaring temperatures in various Indian states has brought life to a standstill for on-field workers. The highest temperature of this summer so far was recorded in Odisha’s Titlagarh where mercury went past the 47 degree celsius mark. Also Read - ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India to Set up Mega Steel Plant in Odisha at Rs 50,000 Crore
The worst-hit regions of drought are Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and parts of Maharashtra. The maximum number of deaths have been reported from the districts of Adilabad, Nizamabad, Karimnagar, Medak and Nalgonda falling in Telangana. According to Indian Meteorological Department, the temperature is expected to further soar in the months to come. (ALSO READ: Odisha heat wave: Schools in state to stay shut till April 26, death toll reaches 45) Also Read - Coronavirus Travel Guidelines: This State Mandates Week-Long Home Isolation For People Coming From Maharashtra, Kerala, MP, Punjab and Chhattisgarh | Key Points
In Odisha, the temperatures in the western part of the state has been hovering between 44-47 degree celsius. In neighbouring West Bengal, equally gruesome condition is prevailing. Across Birbhum, Malda and Burdwan, the temperature prevailed from 41-44 degree celsius. The hottest temperature was recorded in Bunkar where mercury struck 45 degree celsius. At least two people have been reported killed due to heat-wave prevailing in the state. Also Read - Over 25 Students of a Technical University in Odisha Test COVID Positive, Quarantined
The impact of heat-wave is felt across the North-Indian belt. States like Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan have also been battling the sizzling weather. In the national capital Delhi, the temperature was recorded as 39 degree celsius. This is expected to rise to 44 by the end of the month.
IMD officials are concerned by the trends seen in the month of April. More than 150 deaths till mid-April, is an indication that the amount of casualties would escalate in the months of May and June, the hottest period of the year.