by Pooja Saxena in Delhi
Appeal no. 01.54/2003; Appeal target: CHF 13,067,443 (USD 8,945,708 or EUR 8,868,215); Budget revised to CHF 12,862,905 Programme Update No. 1; Period covered: January to June, 2003
Federation News 12/03
NEW DELHI, June 11 (AFP) - Waters from swollen rivers in neighbouring Nepal have begun gushing into India's eastern hinterlands raising flood fears, officials said Wednesday, even as the death toll from a heatwave searing southern parts of the country rose further.
Despite the cooling influence of pre-monsoon rains across the country, an official in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh said Wednesday nine people had died in Krishna district, bringing the toll in the state to 1,421 and the national toll to 1,533.
NEW DELHI, June 10 (Reuters) - Pre-monsoon showers have at last brought down temperatures in a region of India where more than 1,400 people have died in a severe heat wave, meteorologists said on Tuesday.
A pre-monsoon breeze blew in Hyderabad, capital of the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh, on Tuesday morning after the three-week heat wave in which temperatures rose as high as 49 degrees Celsius (120.20 Fahrenheit).
They have since dropped by four to eight degrees Celsius and in Hyderabad dipped to 39C (102.2F) after 0.4 mm of rain fell on Monday.
NEW DELHI, June 10 (AFP) - While the monsoon arrived late in India, it is moving in more quickly than expected, bringing relief from a savage heatwave that has killed about 1,500 people, said weather officials, who Tuesday also began issuing flood warnings.
NEW DELHI, June 9 (AFP) - Following an intense heatwave that claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people, killer storms linked to the onset of monsoon rains have begun wreaking havoc in parts of India, officials said Monday.
While northern parts of the country were still sizzling, monsoon rains and pre-monsoon showers were cooling some of the worst-affected areas, especially southern Andhra Pradesh state where 1,401 have died of heat-induced ailments since mid-May, a weather official said.
NEW DELHI, 6 June 2003 - Severe heat wave conditions in several coastal south districts of Andhra Pradesh and adjoining coastal districts of north Tamil Nadu since 20 May and interior parts of Orissa since 27 May are imperiling the lives of people in the region. Heat wave conditions have also developed in parts of Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Rajsthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.
by Elizabeth Roche
NEW DELHI, June 6 (AFP) - Another 46 people have died in a heatwave that has scorched India for the past three weeks, officials said Friday, even as rains began drenching some northeastern and southwestern regions.
The latest deaths occurred in furnace-like Andhra Pradesh, bringing the death toll in the southern state to 1,281 and the overall toll in India to 1,393.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated: N/A
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0090
OCHA Situation Report No.1
India - Heat Wave
NEW DELHI, June 5 (AFP) - India received its first monsoon showers Thursday in the remote northeast region, officials said, bringing hopes of relief from a devastating heat spell that has killed at least 1,347 people.
Weather officials said isolated monsoon rains occurred in parts of five northeastern states -- Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh -- and warned of heavy showers in the next 48 hours.
"Yes, we have had the first monsoon showers in the northeast," said S.K.
by Savitri Choudhury
NALGONDA, India, June 4 (AFP) - Ramulamma hobbles out of her thatch hut to pay a final, tearful farewell to her rickshaw driver husband, yet another victim of the heat wave that has already killed 1,065 people in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
The 45-year-old widow wants to join her husband's funeral procession in Nalgonda, a town about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Andhra Pradesh state capital Hyderabad, but every step is an ordeal.
by Sangeeta Sharma
JODHPUR, India, June 4 (AFP) - India's Rajasthan was among the country's hottest states Wednesday as a savage heatwave swirled through the deserts here, prompting the region to brace for its fifth-straight year of drought.
The sprawling state, nestling in the Thar desert, also posted India's highest temperatures on Wednesday as the mercury zoomed to 48 degrees Celsius (118.4 degree Fahrenheit) in one of its arid districts, officials said in burning Jodhpur.
by Pratap Chakravarty
NEW DELHI, June 3 (AFP) - Searing heat that has already killed close to 1,100 people continued to smother India Tuesday, raising the spectre of a fearsome drought like one last year that crippled life across the country's vast agricultural plains.