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Rajasthan Heatwave : 6 more deaths reported due to heatstroke; minister urges public to take precautions

As an intense heatwave grips Rajasthan, Minister Kirodi Lal Meena urged the public to take precautions and avoid unnecessary exposure to the scorching sun

Written by  Shefali Kohli -- May 28th 2024 01:29 PM
Rajasthan Heatwave : 6 more deaths reported due to heatstroke; minister urges  public to take precautions

Rajasthan Heatwave : 6 more deaths reported due to heatstroke; minister urges public to take precautions

Rajasthan Heatwave : A severe heatwave is currently sweeping across various regions of the nation, with temperatures reaching record highs where temperatures are soaring to around 50 degrees Celsius. 

This intense heat is attributed to dry westerly and northwesterly winds combined with clear skies, which are allowing direct sunlight to significantly increase temperatures. 


As an intense heatwave grips Rajasthan, Minister Kirodi Lal Meena urged the public to take precautions and avoid unnecessary exposure to the scorching sun.

The Minister also revealed that the post-mortem examinations carried out on six deceased individuals affirmed that their deaths were caused by the heatwave.

"As per SDRF guidelines, there is no provision of granting money if a person dies because of heat or cold. During the Vasundhara Raje government in the state, we had made provision if a person dies because of lightning and storm. I will take up these issues also to the Chief Minister so that those affected can get some help," he added

Last week, 12 people in Rajasthan died from suspected heat stroke. The deaths in Rajasthan are believed to be due to heat stroke-like symptoms, though officials have not yet confirmed the exact cause.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Phalodi in Rajasthan registered a peak temperature of 49.4°C on May 27, 2024.

In the next 48 hours, there is a chance of surface winds reaching speeds of 25-35 kmph in various parts of the state.

On Monday, India Meteorological Department (IMD) recorded a maximum temperature of 49.8 degrees Celsius in Phalodi, Rajasthan, marking it as the highest temperature recorded in the country. 

The IMD reported that heatwave to severe heatwave conditions prevailed over most parts of Rajasthan and some parts of Delhi on Sunday. Heatwave conditions also affected parts of Punjab, Haryana, interior Maharashtra, and West Madhya Pradesh, with isolated pockets in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh experiencing extreme heat.

- With inputs from agencies

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