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Alert raised as intense heatwave wreaks havoc over portions of Rajasthan, killing 14

A terrible heatwave that has devastated 12 people in Rajasthan over the last two days has increased the number of deaths from nine the day before. The districts of Barmer, Balotra, Jalore, and Bhilwara are where the fatalities have taken place. A mother and son in Pali district passed away on Friday due to the extreme heat, underscoring the terrible circumstances that the people of the desert state are living in.

 

This awful news comes after two record-breaking high temperatures this week: 48.8 degrees Celsius on Thursday in Barmer, the second-highest temperature in 28 years, and 49 degrees Celsius on Friday in Phalodi. 1995 saw Barmer record the greatest maximum temperature of 49.9 degrees. Friday saw a modest decrease in temperature, but the district’s temperature remained dangerously high at 48.2 degrees Celsius.

The state’s various regions are expected to experience intense heat over the next three days, prompting the Meteorological Department to issue a “red alert,” indicating that temperatures in some cities may reach 49 to 50 degrees Celsius.

Most of Western Rajasthan and a few locations in Eastern Rajasthan saw extreme heatwave conditions on Thursday. The highest temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius or more were recorded at least 23 locations on Friday throughout Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, according to official statistics.

Until May 28, areas of Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, west Uttar Pradesh, and west Madhya Pradesh may experience intense heat. This means that when thousands of voters cast their ballots in the sixth round of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday, they would have to endure sweltering heat. Voting in the sixth phase, which spans 58 seats across eight states and Union territory, would be open to almost 11.43 crore eligible voters.

The highest recorded temperatures were 45.4 degrees in Sirsa, Haryana; 44.8 degrees in Bathinda, Punjab; and 45.5 degrees in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Gujarat. With a “very high likelihood” of heat sickness and heatstroke, the Met office issued a “red” alert for Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, west Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat.

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