How hot is too hot? Heat wave melts streets and kills many people in India once again

India is been hit by a severe and uncommon natural phenomenon once more.  In less than 48 hours, an extreme heat wave with temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius (118 degrees Fahrenheit) has killed 78 people in Bihir.

Heat wave melts streets and kills many people in India

Around 130 people have been hospitalized and others are having terrible symptoms due to the high temperatures. This time, temperatures are higher than in 2015, where the same phenomenon occurred leaving at least 1.500 people dead.

Hot air, molten asphalt, dust storms are making life almost unbearable. The homeless, construction workers, newborns, young children and elderly people are most at risk in this weather.

Vijay Kumar, responsible for public health, said “everything rushed on Saturday afternoon. Dozens of people were taken to different hospitals.  Some of them died Saturday night, and others on Sunday morning”.

“It is a pity that many people have died due to this heat wave. I advise people to avoid getting out of their houses until temperature reduces. Intense heat affects the brain and causes many health problems”, pointed minister of health, Harsh Vardhan.

Raghavan Krishnan, who leads the Centre for Climate Change Research (CCCR) at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, said “Heat waves are getting more frequent and intense”.

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