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UNRELENTING HEATWAVE CONTINUES ACROSS INDIA, DEATH TOLL 22
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 07 - 05 - 2006


THE DEATH TOLL IN THE UNRELENTING HEATWAVE
SWEEPING ACROSS LARGE PARTS OF INDIA ROSE TO 22 SUNDAY, NEWS REPORTS
SAID, ACCORDING TO DPA.
THE SOARING MERCURY WAS ACCOMPANIED BY SEVERE POWER OUTAGES AND
WATER SHORTAGE IN SEVERAL NORTHERN INDIAN STATES.
MANY TOWNS, INCLUDING NATIONAL CAPITAL DELHI, SAW THEIR HOTTEST
DAY THIS SUMMER SATURDAY AS THE MERCURY ROSE TO WELL ABOVE 40 DEGREES
CELSIUS.
STATE-RUN DOORDARSHAN TELEVISION REPORTED 10 HEAT-RELATED DEATHS
IN THE EASTERN STATE OF ORISSA. UNCONFIRMED REPORTS SAID AT LEAST 40
PEOPLE MAY HAVE DIED AS TEMPERATURES HOVERED SEVEN TO EIGHT DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL.
SEVEN DEATHS WERE REPORTED IN NORTHERN UTTAR PRADESH STATE WHERE
LARGE AREAS WENT WITHOUT ELECTRICITY FOR 10 TO 12 HOURS.
THE HOTTEST TEMPERATURE THIS SEASON - 48 DEGREES CELSIUS - WAS
RECORDED IN GANGANAGAR IN RAJASTHAN STATE NEAR THE INDIA-PAKISTAN
BORDER. FIVE PEOPLE HAD DIED OF HEAT STROKE IN RAJASTHAN, DOORDARSHAN
REPORTED.
IN DELHI, WHERE THE TEMPERATURES TOUCHED 44.5 DEGREES CELSIUS
SATURDAY, THE AUTHORITIES CALLED ON RESIDENTS TO USE ONE AIR
CONDITIONER PER HOUSEHOLD AND RESTRICT USE TO NIGHTS IN A MOVE TO
REGULATE POWER OUTAGES.
HEATWAVE CONDITIONS WERE ALSO REPORTED FROM SOUTHERN MAHARASHTRA
STATE, NORTHERN JAMMU AND KASHMIR, HARYANA, PUNJAB AND MADHYA PRADESH.
THERE WAS NO SIGN OF RESPITE, WITH INDIA'S FEDERAL WEATHER OFFICE
FORECASTING HEATWAVE CONDITIONS WITH TEMPERATURES BETWEEN 42-44
DEGREES OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS OVER NORTH-WEST INDIA.


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