India: Heat Wave - Jun 2003
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 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, 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.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated: N/A
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2003/0090
OCHA Situation Report No.1
India - Heat Wave