There will be no Immediate Relief for India’s Heat Wave
More than 1,100 have died from the massive India heat wave. Temperatures have reached up to 117 degrees Fahrenheit according to CNN. The southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh has accounted for the majority of the deaths so far.
Officials have advised the public to stay inside and drink water, unfortunately not everyone has somewhere to stay. Many of those who have died are those who are the poor or elderly, with no access to electricity in order to seek the relief of even a fan. Construction workers have also suffered because of the heat, often having to work directly under the sun.
Al Jazeera reported that in India’s capital, New Delhi, part of the roads have melted. The forecast predicts that the high temperatures will continue for at least another week, and it may not be until the end of the month before the areas that need it the most see some rain.
According to BBC News, before it is reported that any person has died due to a heat wave, the cause of death must be verified by three-member committees said Disaster Management Official JC Sharma. The reason for this is that each victim’s family receives compensation for their death.
The National Disaster Management Authority of India states that heat waves usually take place between March and June in India, May usually being the hottest month and heat waves are becoming more frequent.