A day after the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a warning about heatwave in the state, four people have died due to the rise in mercury levels.
As the heatwave grips the state, and is likely to continue over the next 48 hours, state government has swung into action and has set-up heatwave therapy centres.
“There have been four deaths in Maharashtra due to heat stroke. The deaths have been reported from Dhule, Aurangabad, Beed and Solapur. We had a heatwave action plan ready, which has been implemented in all the affected districts in the state,” said Dr Pradip Awate, State Surveillance Officer.
Meanwhile, all 11 districts in Vidharbha reported temperature more than 40 degrees Celsius on Friday. Chandrapur recorded the highest 44.2 degrees Celsius.
“To fight with heatwave across the state, we have set-up heatwave therapy centers in all medical colleges. So far, two people have died due to the heatwave and the state is ready to cope with any emergency,” said Health Minister Deepak Sawant.
With the temperatures soaring above normal in March, heatwave has gripped Maharashtra and as per Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, it is likely to intensify over the next two days.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, a senior IMD official said, “We have issued a heatwave warning, especially for North-Central Maharashtra and in all 11 districts of Vidharbha region. For next 48 hours the temperature in these areas are likely to remain way above normal.”
IMD said Malegaon, which is a part of North-Central Maharashtra, has recorded highest temperature in Maharashtra as on March 30. Malegaon sizzled at 43.2 degrees Celsius, followed by Jalgaon at 43 degree Celsius.
Bhira, a small village barely 124km from Mumbai, had recorded 46.5 degrees on Monday (March 27), hottest in the country, but the temperature reduced slightly on Thursday (March 30) – 41 degrees Celsius.
According to IMD, the heatwave warning has been issued to Pune, Nashik, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Nandurbar and Dhule in North-Central Maharashtra and all 11 districts of Vidharbha region.
As the heatwave is spreading in Maharashtra, the state government has also issued advisory to all the collectors. The state has asked all the collectors to make sure that primary health centres are equipped to deal with any kind of emergencies, which is likely to be caused due to heatwave.
With the mercury rising, people are not likely to get the relief any time soon.