LUCKNO, India (AP) — At least 34 people have died in the past two days, as a vast region of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is under scorching heat.officials said on Saturday, prompting doctors to advise residents over 60 to stay indoors during the day.
Those killed were over 60 years old and had pre-existing health conditions that may have been exacerbated by the extreme heat. The deaths occurred in Palia district, 300 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state.
Jayant Kumar, the chief medical officer of Palia, said 23 deaths were reported on Thursday and 11 others died on Friday.
“All the people were suffering from some illnesses and their condition was exacerbated by the intense heat,” Kumar told the Associated Press on Saturday. He said most of the deaths were caused by heart attack, stroke and diarrhoea.
Diwakar Singh, another medical officer, said these people were shifted to Palia main hospital in critical condition. “The elderly are also susceptible to extreme heat,” he said.
Indian Meteorological Department data shows Ballia reported a maximum temperature of 42.2°C (108°F) on Friday, which is 4.7°C (8°F) above normal.
The hot summers caused power outages across the state, leaving people without running water, fans, or air conditioners. He organized many protests.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath assured the public that the government is taking all necessary measures to ensure there is no power outage in the state. He urged citizens to cooperate with the government and use electricity wisely.
Every village and every city must have enough power supply during this scorching heat. “If any errors occur, they must be addressed immediately,” he said Friday evening in a statement.
The main summer months – April, May and June – are generally hot in most parts of India before monsoon rains bring temperatures down. But the temperatures are getting more intense in the past decade. During heatwaves, the country also suffers from severe water shortages, with tens of millions of its 1.4 billion people lacking access to running water.
A study by World Weather Attribution, an academic group that researches the source of extreme heat, found that the extreme heat wave in April that hit parts of South Asia was at least 30 times more likely to occur. by climate change.
In April, sweltering heat killed 13 people at a government event in India’s financial capital Mumbai, and prompted some states to close all schools for a week.
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