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Delhi’s Heat emergency

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Amid an intense heatwave that has caused fatalities in Delhi and Noida, Delhi’s Health Minister and AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj convened a meeting with major hospitals’ heads in the city. He instructed them to increase the number of beds available for patients as the heat-related health crisis escalates.

In Uttar Pradesh, the state authorities reported that at least 44 people have died from heatstroke since May. Northern India is currently experiencing its longest heatwave on record. Despite the monsoon starting early in Kerala, its progress across the country has been sluggish, exacerbating the scorching conditions in North India.

Delhi, besides battling extreme heat, is also grappling with severe water shortages and power cuts, exacerbated by record-high electricity demands. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) indicated that conditions are now favorable for the monsoon to advance further, although its progress was minimal between June 12 and 18. This delay prolongs the wait for relief from the intense heat in North India.

Regarding the response in Delhi, Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj outlined several directives:

– Delhi Police are tasked with relocating homeless individuals found on footpaths to shelter homes.

– Police patrolling teams are instructed to call ambulances for sick destitutes.

– Hospitals are mandated to increase beds for patients suffering from heat-related illnesses.

– Emergency rooms across healthcare centers must remain operational round the clock, staffed with senior doctors and stocked with necessary medications.

– Healthcare centers are instructed to provide immediate treatment and ambulance transfer for heat-affected patients.

– CATS Department ambulances are on high alert, stationed near affected areas and shelter homes.

– Delhi government-run hospitals will reserve beds specifically for heatstroke patients, with LNJP Hospital reserving five beds.

On Wednesday, temperatures soared between 43 to 45 degrees Celsius across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and northern Rajasthan, intensifying the heatwave’s impact in the region.

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