India braces intense heat wave as temperature soars
13 June, 2023 | Vedika Sarraf
The population is bracing for heat-related conditions such as heatstroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion is one of the main concerns during heat waves.
India is currently facing continuous attacks of heat waves as the temperature rises across the nation. These heat waves are risking the lives of millions of people including young children and older people. The government has issued extreme heat warnings and implemented emergency measures in response to the rising temperature and the sizzling weather.
Recently the temperatures have alarmingly risen in several parts of India. Cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and various other cities with metropolitan services are boiling with extreme heat recording the mercury levels to rise above 45 degree celsius.
The adverse effects of the rising temperature not only oppress the urban but the rural areas as well causing negative effects on day to day tasks of people. The increased risk of heat-related conditions such as heatstroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion is one of the main concerns during heat waves.
The elderly, children, outdoor workers, and people with pre-existing medical issues are especially vulnerable. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are seeing an increase in people suffering from heat-related illnesses, putting an additional strain on an already overburdened healthcare system.
The recent heat wave is a striking reminder of the critical need to address climate change and its catastrophic consequences. As one of the world’s most populous countries, India is especially exposed to the effects of rising temperatures.
As the heat wave continues to grip India, individuals, communities, and governments must work together to protect the safety and well-being of all citizens. To protect both current and future generations from the growing heat waves caused by climate change, it is critical to raise knowledge about heat-related dangers, implement adaptive measures, and accelerate sustainable practices.