Thursday, June 13, 2024

Yellow alert in Kashmir, red alert in northern parts of India as heat wave prevails: MeT

The Indian Meteorological Department (MeT) has issued a yellow alert for Kashmir and a red alert for northern India due to a severe heat wave. The alerts were announced as temperatures continue to soar, posing significant health risks and potential disruptions.

In Kashmir, the yellow alert signifies a warning to residents to stay cautious. Temperatures in the region have been rising steadily, reaching unseasonable highs. Authorities have advised people to stay hydrated and avoid direct sunlight during peak hours. The agricultural sector, a vital part of Kashmir’s economy, is also expected to face challenges due to the extreme weather.

The situation is more critical in northern India, where a red alert has been issued. This highest level of warning indicates extreme conditions that can be life-threatening. States affected include Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan. Temperatures in these areas have surpassed 45 degrees Celsius. The MeT Department has urged residents to remain indoors as much as possible and take necessary precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

The heat wave has also led to increased demand for electricity as residents rely on air conditioning and fans to cope with the heat. This surge has resulted in power outages in some areas, further complicating the situation. Water shortages are also becoming a concern as the demand for water rises.

Local governments are taking measures to mitigate the impact. Cooling centers are being set up, and public health campaigns are being launched to educate people on how to stay safe. However, the intensity and duration of the heat wave remain unpredictable.

Meteorologists attribute this extreme weather to global climate change, which has caused an increase in the frequency and severity of heat waves worldwide. The current conditions in India highlight the urgent need for comprehensive climate action to address these growing threats.

Also read: Crippling Heatwave to Persist in Jammu for Next Seven Days

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