State government issues advisory appealing citizens to stay indoors and take precautionary measures
Hyderabad: Telangana faces intense heat wave conditions as temperature breaks record by crossing 43 degrees as recorded on April 17th, which is observed to be the highest temperature recorded on last 10 years
Atleast 12 people have died due to sunstroke in Telangana and Andhra this season. The weather department has issued a heatwave warning till April 19th.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh state government have issued advisory appealing citizens to stay indoors and take precautionary measures. Agricultural and construction workers are the ones mostly effected since they have to work in morning hours.
Heatwave was reported in Mahbubnagar, Khammam and Hyderabad. Maximum temperature recorded at Mahbubnagar at 44.5 and Hyderabad recorded 43 degrees. In Telangana, weather department has predicted maximum temperatures to remain above normal by 2 to 5 degrees in coming days as well.
In Andhra Pradesh, heat wave conditions are prevailing in Prakasam, Chittoor and Nellore districts. Maximum temperature was recorded at Tirupathi at 43.7 degree.
“In many districts heat wave conditions will prevail. May is going to be hotter. We have already issued forecast that 2017 summer will be 1 degree warmer. Temperatures can go as high as 48 degree. We have issued warnings to State governments for necessary actions. But not just governments, it’s important that people must also protect themselves,” said YK Reddy IMD director at Hyderabad.
People have been asked by the State Government to avoid going out in direct sun between 11am to 4pm, keep drinking water, buttermilk or coconut water to keep themselves hydrated, use cloth to cover their heads when out in direct sun and wear light clothes.
Awareness campaigns are being conducted to help people understand sighs of heatstroke like weakness, heat rashes, dizziness and headache, and what precautions they must take during peak summers.