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Heatwave 2024 | India sees 56 heat-related deaths ; 25 k heat stroke cases from March to May

During the recent general election in India, at least 33 individuals, including election officials, succumbed to suspected heatstroke in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Odisha

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- June 03rd 2024 02:38 PM
Heatwave 2024 |  India sees 56 heat-related deaths ; 25 k heat stroke cases from March to May

Heatwave 2024 | India sees 56 heat-related deaths ; 25 k heat stroke cases from March to May

Heatwave 2024 | A severe heatwave has swept across several regions of India, leaving a trail of devastation and claiming the lives of at least 56 heat-related deaths and approximately 25,000 cases of heat stroke across the country. 

The blistering temperatures have brought life to a standstill in many areas, exacerbating the already challenging conditions faced by communities.


Heatwave conditions persisted in central, eastern, and northern India, with numerous cities including Delhi, experiencing high temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius. The scorching conditions have led to widespread discomfort and health concerns among residents, particularly the elderly and vulnerable populations. 

The relentless heatwave has pushed temperatures to record highs, causing significant health issues. Heat strokes, dehydration, and other heat-related illnesses have surged, overwhelming healthcare facilities and leading to numerous fatalities. Vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, and those with pre-existing health conditions, are particularly at risk.

Extreme weather conditions in May

May saw extreme weather conditions across India, with temperatures reaching a scorching 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in Delhi and Rajasthan. In eastern India, Cyclone Remal caused havoc, while heavy rains in Assam led to 14 fatalities since Tuesday.

Heatwave deaths during Elections 

During the recent general election in India, at least 33 individuals, including election officials, succumbed to suspected heatstroke in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Odisha.

According to data from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), May recorded the highest number of heat-related fatalities, with 46 deaths and 19,189 suspected heat stroke cases. The total death toll, including suspected cases, could potentially rise to 80, as reported by The Hindu. Madhya Pradesh alone reported over 5,000 cases of heat stroke.

Heatwave alert issued in these states 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted that heatwave conditions will persist over many regions of the country on June 3. According to the weather bulletin, isolated pockets of Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh-Delhi, Jammu division, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha are likely to experience heatwave conditions on that day.


- With inputs from agencies

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