It is very hot in India, it is not hidden from anyone. However, very few people would know that this scorching heat has killed more than 17,000 people in the country in the last 50 years. There have been 706 heat wave incidents between 1971 and 2019. This information has been received from the research paper published by the top meteorologists of the country.
Heat wave is one of the extreme adverse weather events (EWE). According to the study, EWE has killed 1,41,308 people in 50 years (1971-2019). Of these, 17,362 people have died due to heat wave, which is slightly more than 12 per cent of the total recorded death toll. It said that most of the deaths due to heat wave occurred in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.
Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are among the states where the cases of severe heat wave come to the fore.
The study assumes significance because of the intense heat that has hit the northern hemisphere in recent weeks. Earlier this week, many people died due to severe heat in Canada and America. In the Canadian city of Vancouver, the mercury exceeded 49 degrees Celsius, breaking all records.
The northern plains and mountains of India have also experienced severe heat and heat wave. In the plains, the mercury has reached more than 40 degrees in the beginning of this week. A heat wave is declared in an area when the temperature exceeds 40 °C in the plains and more than 30 °C in the mountainous areas.