Intense summer of Maharashtra: Heatwave Kills 25, Mahabaleshwar, Panchgani Hill Station sizzle at 30°C
Just when you thought it can’t go worse, Maharashtra is facing its worst heatwave as it swelters at 46°C in some areas. According to various reports, now 25 people have died due to heatstroke, which is the highest since 2016.
The state Health Department’s Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate said that with the temperatures rising to record highs in the past 100 years, Maharashtra has witnessed the highest 25 fatalities due to the heatwave, with many more suffering.
Out of the 25 tragedies, 15 are reported from Vidharbha, including 11 from Nagpur, 3 in Akola and 1 in Amravati, 6 deaths from Marathwada including 2 from Jalna and 1 each from Parbhani, Hingoli, Osmanabad and Aurangabad, and 4 from Jalgaon are reported.
“Chandrapur is among the global hotspots with temperatures hovering around 46 degrees Celsius. However, the IMD has said that in the next few days, there may be a respite from the heat as pre-monsoon showers are likely in many parts of the state,” Awate told IANS while urging people to take full precautions.
People often escape to Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani when the summers are at bay, but now these hill stations are also seeing a rise in temperatures. Mahabaleshwar has become a furnace at 31°C and Panchgani recorded 32°C making it the coolest place in the state.
Large parts of Maharashtra have recorded temperatures between 35 degrees and 46 degrees since March-end. However, the hotspots like Marathwada and Vidharbha are boiling between 40°C – and 46°C.
According to IMD, most parts of India including Maharashtra will see pre-monsoon rainfall and lower temperatures in the daytime. Maharashtra will see above-normal rainfall.
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