Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India in April Amidst Severe Drought, Water Shortages

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Loss of water from snow melt in the Himalayas, increasing temperatures and instances of drought over the food-producing plains, and a potential endemic weakening of the annual monsoonal rains. These are all climate change related impacts that appear to be settling in over India as global temperatures consistently begin to hit levels higher than 1 C above 1880s values. Impacts that are setting up conditions for sustained and increasingly severe droughts and heatwaves.

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Yesterday, temperatures rocketed to 114.44 degrees Fahrenheit (or 45.8 degrees Celsius) in Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha, on the Indian east coast. It was the hottest April reading ever recorded for a region that typically sees daily highs in the upper 90s this time of year. A level of heat that’s excessive even for this typically warm region.

India Heatwave

(Most of India baked under a severe heatwave yesterday [April 11] as the number of lives lost…

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2 thoughts on “Heatwave Mass Casualties Strike India in April Amidst Severe Drought, Water Shortages

  1. Welcome to the future. In the meantime, Saudi Arabia is buying land here to raise alfalfa for its daily herds and save its own water. Obviously, they aren’t doing it out of humane concern for the animals.

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