Unrelenting heatwave: 8 black bucks dead in MP; power, water shortage in Jammu

NEW DELHI, May 30: Several parts of the country reeled under heatwave condition as eight black bucks perished in Madhya Pradesh while water and power shortage in Jammu made life difficult for people.

Officials said the eight black bucks were today found to have died of heatstroke in Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh. The herd was found dead in a field on Bhatasa road in Khategaon tehsil, 130 km from the district headquarters, said Sub Divisional Officer (Forests) S L Yadav.

The State is reeling under scorching heat for the last couple of days. The highest maximum temperature of 46.2 degree Celsius was today recorded at Khajuraho.

In the national capital, hot weather conditions prevailed with the maximum temperature settling at 42 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average.

The minimum temperature was recorded at 29.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above the normal, said a Met department official. The Met office has forecast generally cloudy skies along with the possibility of strong gusty winds for tomorrow night.

There was no relief from scorching heat in Punjab and Haryana as Hisar was the hottest place among the two states with a high of 45.3 degrees Celsius. Chandigarh recorded a maximum of 39 degrees Celsius, the Met department said.

The State has been facing severe hot weather conditions for the past several days and the Met department said there was no respite expected in next 24 hours.

In Rajasthan’s Kota, a 50-year-old police constable has been found dead under a tree, with doctors who conducted autopsy suspecting heatstroke to be the cause.

If the final postmortem report confirms that Laxmichand Sakhewal indeed died due to heatstroke, it would be the first death related to prevailing heatwave condition in the Kota region this season.

Across the Kota region heatwave condition have prevailed for past several days.

Elsewhere in the State, maximum temperatures went down by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius at various places after light rain in eastern pockets of the state last night, a MeT official said. Jaipur recorded 4.2 mm rainfall.

Sri Ganganagar was recorded the hottest place in the state with 47 degrees Celsius followed by 46.5 degrees Celsius in Bikaner, 46.2 degrees  Celsius in Jaisalmer and 44 degrees Celsius in Churu.

Jammu and its adjoining areas faced power cuts and water shortage for several hours as intense heatwave condition continued to prevail with maximum temperature remaining above 40 degrees Celsius for a ninth day today in the area.

Power Minister Sunil Sharma on May 28 had instructed the department that no planned power cut would be allowed in the region till further orders.

Arun Kumar, a Public Health Engineering (PHE) department employee, admitted shortage of water and said the department had pressed into service three water tankers to cope up with the situation.

Extreme heatwave conditions have been forecast for many parts of Andhra Pradesh with temperatures expected to touch a maximum of 46 degrees Celsius tomorrow.

The State Disaster Management Authority has cautioned people to take necessary precautionary measures in view of the expected extreme weather.

In a statement here today, the SDMA said many parts of Krishna district are expected to record 46 degrees Celsius on May 31, while the temperature may range from 43-44 degrees C in East and West Godavari, Guntur, Prakasam, SPS Nellore and Chittoor districts.

The southwest monsoon that set into Kerala yesterday, is expected to advance into Andhra Pradesh around June 3.

Meanwhile, light to moderate rain and thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in Uttar Pradesh but heat wave continued to prevail in the state.

The maximum rainfall in the state was recorded at Kaiserganj (4cm), Mankapur (2cm), Basti (2cm), Lakhimpur Kheri  (2cm) and Maharajganj (1cm), the Met office said.

Orai city was the hottest in the state with a high of 47.5 degrees Celsius.

Rain and thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds are very likely at isolated places in the State over the next couple of days, the Met office said. (PTI)