Friday, June 26, 2009

More than 100 reported dead in Indian heatwave

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: An acute heatwave roasting much of India has claimed at least 100 lives, with more deaths feared because the annual monsoon rains have yet to come, officials said Thursday. In the eastern state of Orissa, at least 58 people have died due to sunstroke since April, disaster management official Durgesh Nandini Sahoo told AFP in the state capital Bhubaneswar.

Local newspapers have reported at least 12 deaths in the impoverished northern state of Bihar, and 17 deaths in neighbouring Jharkhand state. The Press Trust of India has reported 18 deaths in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, and six more in the south-central state of Andhra Pradesh. In the eastern state of Chhattisgarh authorities have ordered schools to shut….

The Haji Ali Dargah, in the Mahim Bay in Mumbai, shot by Humayunn Peerzaada AKA HumFur from Mumbai, India, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License

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