Even as reports of the rising number are coming from parts of central and south India, the entire country has woken to the fact that this year is seeing the worst heatwave related deaths across the country. This effect is being seen predominantly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana where the temperatures are touching 48 degree C. Reports of deaths due to extreme heat conditions are also being heard in Odisha, Gujarat and central India.
In comparison to last year that saw 447 deaths, this year, just Telangana alone has seen 340 deaths until now. Most of the state governments have rolled out awareness programs but the most that are affected are the older people and the homeless. Many victims were daily wage workers who need to work to eat. “If I don’t work due to the heat, how will my family survive?” said Mahalakshmi, who earns a 200 rupees a day as a construction labourer in the southern city of Nizamabad, Telangana state.
In the current situation, arrival of monsoon seems to be the only hope to bring relief from the scorching heatwaves.