India Heat Waves Make Living Conditions Unbearable


Bakari Clemmons | Contributing Writer

Over 2,000 people died from a massive heat wave in India on Tuesday, June 2nd. On Monday, the country’s highest maximum temperature 113.7 Fahrenheit was recorded at Daltongan in Jharkhand state. Heat wave conditions remain in isolated areas of that state, as well as some areas of Bihar. The next day, the temperature rose to an unbearable 118 degrees Fahrenheit in some Indian cities.

The temperature grew to be hot enough to melt roads. Pictures of a liquefied street in Delhi were released, just showing how bad the living conditions are in India during this vast heat wave.

Who does this wave hit the hardest? The poor and the ill. With lack of shelter from the heat, many have no other choice but to sleep outside in the terrible weather conditions. Men and women slept on footpaths and on concrete strips between roads in temperatures of up to 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.Temperatures dropped in the evenings, but still not enough to be considered comfortable.

Monsoon rains had been forecast to hit the country’s southern coast on June 1st, but forecasters say they were not likely to arrive until Friday, June 5th.

B.R. Meena, the chief secretary of Telangana, urged citizens to “cover properly, have light-color clothes, take umbrella, take care, be in a cool area.” He also insisted residents to stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. As the heat remains intolerable, citizens hope that they will see cooler days in the near future.

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