South Asia: Heat Wave - Jun 2007
The study focuses on two drought-prone regions of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra and a flood prone region in Orissa.
NEW DELHI, May 25, 2009 - A new World Bank report says India can further its climate resilience through a combination of measures and right incentives aimed at multiple levels of government - local, state, and national.
The Report, Climate Change Impacts in Drought-and Flood-Affected Areas: Case Studies in India is the first of its kind in South Asia Region.
A. Background to the Study
A.1 Climate Variability and Change
1. With alpine conditions, arid deserts and tropical regions, India's climate is as varied as its landscape. The summer monsoon marks the most important event in the economic calendar o f rural India. Over 70% o f the annual precipitation falls between the months o f June and September and a good monsoon heralds a bountiful harvest and financial security. But when monsoons fail, or are excessive, suffering and economic loss can be widespread.
Floods severely struck South Asia where flood affected people are in desperate need of shelter, food, clean water and medicines. In Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and India, the floods has led to 26 million of people affected in which more than 1,900 death and over one million have been displaced.
Islamabad_(dpa) _ At least 57 more people died across Pakistan due to exposure to intense heat, raising the death toll to at least 289, media reports said on Thursday.
The central province of Punjab, with an average temperature of 42 degrees Celsius, was hard hit by the hot and humid weather that killed 44 people on Wednesday, the English-language daily The News reported.
People battled the sizzling temperatures amid frequent power outages as the country was facing its worst ever energy crisis, with electricity demand exceeding the supply by 2,900 megawatts.
Islamabad_(dpa) _ A relentless heatwave in Pakistan has claimed at least 40 more lives, raising the death toll to 232, news reports said Wednesday.
At least 11 people died in blistering heat in Lahore, capital city of central province of Punjab, on Tuesday where a windstorm and drizzle in the evening brought some relief to the people, the English-language daily The News reported.
Temperatures soared to 46 degrees Celsius in southern parts of the province, killing 15 people in the city of Multan. Fourteen more died in other parts of the country.
Repeated power cuts, which …
NEW DELHI, June 12 (Reuters) - More than two dozen people have died over the last 24 hours in a heatwave that has baked northern India, officials and media reports said on Tuesday, taking the death toll over the last one week to more than 100.
The scalding temperatures have also hit large parts of neighbouring Pakistan, killing at least 50 people by Monday.
Most of the dead were homeless people, the elderly and those compelled to work outdoors, hit by sunstroke and dehydration.
But the heatwave's peak had already passed, said S.C.
New Delhi_(dpa) _ The heatwave gripping north and central India has claimed 74 more lives, raising the death toll due to oppressive heat conditions this summer to 148, officials and reports said Tuesday.
The heat-related deaths were reported from the national capital New Delhi and northern Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and central Madhya Pradesh states on Monday, the PTI news agency said in its report.
Rohtak and Jhajjar districts in central Haryana bore the brunt of the searing heatwave, which left 25 people dead. Most victims were homeless, beggars and people …
ISLAMABAD, Jun 11, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Scorching heat killed another 63 people on Saturday in Pakistan as the country remained in the grip of severe heatwave with mercury level touching record heights in a number of cities, newspapers said Monday.
NEW DELHI, Jun 11, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A severe heat wave has claimed 74 people's lives so far in the north and Central India, news website dnaindia.com reported here on Monday.
Temperatures in the nationa's Capital continued to rise on Monday and the mercury was expected to touch 45 degrees.
In central Indian state Madhya Pradesh, 15 people were believed to have succumbed to the heat wave sweeping the state in the last 20 days, the website reported.
The scenario is more or less similar in central Indian state Maharashtra and north Indian state Punjab.
Islamabad_(dpa) _ At least 63 more people died Sunday from the effects of Pakistan's record-breaking heat wave, bringing the weekend death toll to around 110, news reports said Monday.
The mercury rose as high as 52 degrees in south-west parts of the country as the hot spell entered its fourth day, also setting a 78-year record in the city of Lahore in the central Punjab province.
Around 50 people died in the province, where the temperature hovered around 49 degrees and prolonged power cuts added to the discomfort, the newspaper The Nation reported on Monday.
Reports say an estimated 37 people have died in two days as a result of a heat wave in the north of India. The state of Uttar Pradesh was the worst affected region with 9 victims.
Temperatures in New Delhi on Saturday were recorded at 44.9° C - the hottest in the capital since the beginning of the year.
The India Meteorological Department has predicted that with likely duststorm and thunderstorm activity over northwest India, day temperatures are likely to fall during the next two to three days.