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Severe Heat Wave Claims 41 More Lives in Andhra Pradesh, Nationwide Toll in India Rises to 2,248

Heatwave Warning

Torrid weather conditions continued to prevail in several parts of the country today, claiming 41 more lives in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh since yesterday as the nationwide death toll mounted to 2,248.
According to Andhra Pradesh’s disaster management department, 41 more deaths have been reported from different parts of the state in the last 24 hours taking the death toll in the ongoing spell of heat wave to 1,677. The toll in the state yesterday stood at 1,636.
Today’s figures from neighbouring Telangana were not available so far. 541 people had died in the state till yesterday.
Nagpur continued to swelter at 47.1 degrees, while Banda in Uttar Pradesh recorded a scorching 46.4 degrees.
Death toll due to sun-stroke in Odisha remained at 21 though the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office received reports of 115 deaths allegedly due to heat.
Reports of the deaths reaching the SRC office are under investigation, an official release said.
Seven deaths have so far been reported from Gujarat and two from Delhi.
Weather conditions have, however, improved in Odisha with a drop in the mercury level. The Met office has predicted light rain and thundershowers at one or two places in south Odisha, besides Angul, Dhenkanal and Keonjhar districts in the next 24 hours. There will be strong and gusty surface winds along coastal Odisha.
Delhiites also had some respite from the searing heat as mercury settled at normal levels with the city recording a maximum temperature of 40.6 degrees, which is normal for this season.
There could be further relief as the MeT department predicted possibility of a squall hitting the city tomorrow.
In Uttar Pradesh, temperatures were appreciably above normal in Allahabad, Lucknow, Bareilly, Jhansi and Agra division, above normal in Varanasi, Kanpur, Moradabad and Meerut divisions and normal in the remaining divisions over the state.
Rajasthan continued to reel under intense heat conditions where Kota remained the hottest place recording a maximum of 45 degree Celsius.
Heat wave continued unabated in parts of the desert state where Barmer, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Churu and Jaipur were hot at 44.9, 44.5, 44.4, 44.2 and 44 degree celsius respectively. Heat wave conditions are likely to prevail over the next 24 hours.
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Mega heatwave death toll surpasses 2200 in Andhra, Telengana, Odisha (India)

Record Heat Alert

The death toll in the sizzling heat wave sweeping many parts of the country on Saturday rose to 2207, with 202 more deaths being reported since Friday from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. The overall toll in various parts of the country till Friday stood at 2005.
The heat wave was witnessed in many parts of the country, but Nagpur in Maharashtra recorded the highest temperature of 47.1 degrees Celsius.
Andhra Pradesh reported 146 more deaths on Saturday, raising the toll 1636 since Friday. Prakasam district has recorded the maximum number of 333 deaths, followed by Guntur district (233), followed by East Godavari (192), Visakhapatnam (185), Vizianagaram (177), Nellore (163), Krishna (78), Chittoor (64), Srikakulam (60), Anantapur (56), Kadapa (38), Kurnool (34) and West Godavari (23). According to the MeT department, heat wave conditions prevailed on Saturday over some parts in the districts of Guntur and Kurnool of Rayalaseema. 
The highest maximum temperature of 47 deg Celsius was recorded at Jangamaheshwarapur. Rain occurred at a few places over Rayalaseema and at isolated places over Coastal Andhra Pradesh. 
In Telangana, the toll due to the heat wave rose to 541 on Saturday, with 52 more deaths being reported during the last 24 hours said a senior official of the state disaster management department. The toll in the state was 489 yesterday. The toll in Odisha also rose to 21 from 17 since Friday. Seven deaths have so far been reported from Gujarat and two from Delhi. Since April 15, Nalgonda district in Telangana has recorded maximum number of 139 deaths, followed by Karimnagar (120), Khammam (95) and Mahabubnagar (42). The heat wave has claimed 36 lives in Ranga Reddy district followed by 35 in Medak district, 26 in Adilabad, 20 in Warangal, 18 in Nizamabad, and 10 in Hyderabad. The highest maximum temperature of 47 degrees Celsius was recorded at Ramagundam yesterday. According to the Met department, isolated rain occurred over Telangana yesterday. 
In Odisha, the Special Relief Commissioner’s (SRC) office received reports of 108 deaths allegedly due to sun stroke. However, only 21 have been confirmed as death due to heat stroke.
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Mega heatwave kills at least 1,100 in India

State Of Emergency

“All leave has been cancelled for doctor’s and medical staff in India”
All leave has been cancelled for doctor’s and medical staff in India as the country swelters under a deadly heatwave that has so far killed over 1,000 people.
Temperatures have soared to above 47C this week and doctor’s have been called back from holiday to help care for the sick, the Reuters news agency reports.
The toll in Andhra Pradesh alone is 852, officials say.
The death toll in the worst affected states of Andhra Pradesh in the southeast and nearby Telangana is more than double the toll from a shorter hot spell there last year, officials said, with most of those killed elderly or laborers suffering sunstroke or dehydration.
Authorities have canceled doctors’ leave and advised people not to head outside in the middle of the day to avoid the worst of the heat, but for many Indians, staying indoors is not an option.
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Severe heatwave kills more than 200 in India

Heatwave Alert

Searing heat intensified across India yesterday with the mercury maintaining its upward trend and heatwave sweeping across large parts of the country.
Heatwave in several parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has claimed over 200 lives in last three days.
People continued to reel under intense heatwave conditions in both states yesterday, Met officials said.
More than 100 people were felled by a blazing heat wave on Friday alone in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with the mercury hovering at 47 degrees Celsius at several places across the two states.
As the temperature soared past the 45 degrees the India Meteorological Department upgraded the heat wave warning to “severe”, and forecast at least three more scorching days in several districts of Telangana.
In Odisha, government received reports of 23 deaths allegedly due to sun stroke on Friday.  West Bengal continued to reel under intense heatwave as a cab driver died of a suspected heatstroke yesterday taking the toll to four since Friday.
In Punjab and Haryana, intense heatwave swept across the two states with mercury soaring sharply in many areas.
Courtesy of thedailystar.net

200,000 birds to be killed due to avian flu in Telangana, India

Bird Flu

A red alert has been issued in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh after bird flu broke out in two areas of Ranga Reddy district on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
The district’s Animal Husbandry Department, which came across hundreds of dead chicken in 2 poultry farms last week had sent several samples to the High-Security Animal Disease Lab at Bhopal and the results confirmed on Tuesday that the birds were affected by bird flu, also known as avian influenza or H5N1 virus.
The Telangana government has sounded an alert in districts near Hyderabad and has also issued an advisory to the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. The government has decided to cull nearly 2 lakh chickens in a one km radius and rapid response teams from neighbouring districts have been mobilised to help Ranga Reddy officials.
“We are following a set protocol. Right now, we are culling birds in the farm where the virus broke out. There are about 80,000 birds in this farm and another 45,000 in the neighbouring farm which will also be culled. Only birds in the first farm are affected but as a precaution we have to cull birds in neighbouring farms too. Later, we may also cull birds in all the farms in Thorur village where this operation is going on. Pits are being dug to dump the culled birds,’’ Dr Vamsi Krishna Reddy, Assistant Veterinary Surgeon of Ranga Reddy district said.
The government has also asked officials of animal husbandry and veterinary department, who may have inadvertently exposed themselves to the infected birds, to seek immediate medical attention.
Courtesy of indianexpress.com

Three die as Cyclone Hudhud lashes India and typhoon hits Japan

Severe Weather Alert

At least three people were killed on Sunday as a powerful cyclone was lashing a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday
Cyclone Hudhud one of two storms pounding Asia slammed into India’s east coast packing winds of almost 200 km per hour ripping down power cables and forcing roads and railways to shut.
At least 400000 people were evacuated from the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states and hundreds of shelters were set up to house them.
Visakhapatnam one of the largest cities in southern India and a major naval base was bearing the brunt of the cyclone’s fury.
‘We have had three deaths since this morning’ said Natrajan Prakasam a Disaster Management Commission official in the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India.
Two people were crushed by falling trees while the third was killed when a wall collapsed in heavy rains he told AFP.
India placed its navy and coastguard on high alert ahead of the storm and advised residents to stay indoors as the cyclone passed by warning of large waves known as storm surges.
Some flights were cancelled while bus and train services in the worst affected areas were suspended.
The head of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said the main highway in the port city of Visakhapatnam which was in the eye of the storm as it hit was strewn with fallen trees and electricity pylons.
In Japan at least 35 people were reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong packing winds of up to 180 km per hour and heavy rain hit the southern island of Okinawa and was aiming at the island of Kyushu where authorities told 150000 people to evacuate.
vember that cause deaths and widespread property damage.
The region is populated by fishermen and small-scale farmers many of whom live in flimsy huts with thatched roofs or shanties.
More than 8000 people were killed in Orissa the state to the north of Andhra Pradesh by a cyclone in 1999 and authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of that disaster.
Last year India undertook its biggest ever evacuation ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Phailin with about a million people moved from their homes along the east coast.
The cyclone killed at least 18 people in the state and left a trail of destruction but authorities said the toll could have been much worse without the evacuations.
On Sunday authorities in Orissa said they had evacuated almost 70000 before the storm hit many of them indigenous people living in mud houses.
P.K. Mohapatra special relief commissioner of Orissa told AFP preparations had been made to evacuate another 300000 ‘once the cyclone crosses our 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency government meeting late Saturday to review preparations for the cyclone.
The navy earlier said it had ‘assumed a high degree of readiness’ and ships equipped with divers doctors inflatable rubber boats helicopters and relief material were on standby.

800+ Dead Turtles Found On Beaches In Andhra Pradesh, India

More than 800 Olive Ridley turtles, which came to lay eggs on the beaches of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, have died, it was reported on Tuesday.

N.V. Sivarama Prasad, District Forest Officer, Nellore, said such large-scale deaths of Olive Ridley turtles had not been reported from the Andhra Pradesh coast in the recent past. The deaths were caused mainly by the use of trawl nets by fishermen. Local fishermen used only gill nets, which did not pose a threat to the turtles.

The area from where the deaths were reported is rich in biodiversity, which attracts large number of Olive Ridley turtles to lay eggs, he said. The forest department had created awareness among fishermen through the State Institute of Fisheries, Kakinada.

Fishermen had been advised to use the turtle-excluding device to reduce the death of Olive Ridleys.

Supraja Dharini of TREE Foundation, a Chennai-based voluntary organisation involved in sea turtle conservation, said their volunteers in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday last saw the mass death of Olive Ridley in Errana Dibba, Indukurpeta Mandalam, south of Penna river estuary and Vidavaluru Mandalam in the north of the estuary. She also charged that the deaths were caused by the use of a trawl net by fishermen from Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Prasad said the carcasses were buried in five-foot deep pits.

1,122+ Turtles Wash Ashore Dead During January On Beaches In Andhra Pradesh, India

At least 1,122 carcasses of Olive Ridley turtles were washed ashore on the beaches of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in January alone.

More than 145 dead turtles were found on the stretch between Marina Beach and Neelankarai, while 226 were found between Neelankarai and Marakkanam. In Andhra Pradesh, Nellore recorded 547 carcasses. Marine conservationists say there has been a sharp increase in the number of dead turtles found along the beaches of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

The main problem, according to marine experts, is fishing nets. The turtles normally come to nest on beaches on the east coast from January to March. “The female turtles dig nests and lay around 60 to 120 eggs at a time. The same turtles may nest two or three times and stay close to the shore during this time. As they stay close to the shore, many easily get entangled in the fishing nets,” said Supraja Dharini, chairperson of TREE Foundation, a non-governmental organization that works for the protection of endangered marine species. The foundation conducted the study of the beaches.

Dharini said not a single day passed in January without phone calls from volunteers about carcasses on beaches. “The main reason for this tragedy is that the turtles get caught in the trawl fishing nets of mechanised boats, gill nets or ray fishing nets. Turtles need to come to the surface of the sea to breathe. Once they are trapped in the net, they remain underwater and drown,” said Dharini.

Marine expert P Dhandapani said the injuries on the carcasses had to be investigated. “In many cases, turtles die after getting entangled in fishing nets. Since the rate of mortality is so high in this case, the injuries on the carcasses need to be investigated properly before reaching a conclusion,” said Dhandapani, retired marine scientist, Zoological Survey of India.

Scientists estimate that only one in 1,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood. Creating awareness, according to Dhandapani, is not enough. “Everyone knows that many turtles die after getting trapped in fishing nets. But how do we stop this? The government must implement the suggestions made by marine scientists such as banning some types of fishing nets to prevent such deaths,” he said.



Andhra Braces For Another Super Cyclone Lehar After Enduring Super Cyclone Helen, India

Cyclone Alert

Even before it came to terms with the damage caused by cyclone Helen, Andhra Pradesh has to brace up for yet another severe cyclone — Lehar.
Classed as a very severe cyclone, Lehar is expected to cross the Andhra coast between Machalipattanam and Kalingapattanam near Kakinada on November 28.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the deep depression over south Andaman Sea and neighbourhood moved northwestward, intensified into a cyclonic storm named Lehar. It lay centred at 5.30am on Sunday over 300km south-southeast of Port Blair.
“The system would move northwestward and cross Andaman & Nicobar Islands between Hut Bay and Long Island, close to Port Blair on Sunday night. It would then emerge into southeast Bay of Bengal, intensify further gradually into a very severe cyclonic storm and to move west-northwestwards towards Andhra Pradesh coast,” said an IMD communique.
An IMD official said the very sever cyclonic storm which might turn into super cyclone was expected to make land fall on November 28 across east-central coastline between Machilipatatnam and Kalingapattanam close to Kakinada.
As per the warning issued by IMD, rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at a few places with isolated extremely heavy falls (25 cm or more) would occur over Andaman & Nicobar Islands over two days.
Squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph would prevail along and off Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The wind speed would gradually increase and become 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph from Sunday evening along and off this coast.
Storm surge of about 1 to 1.5m height above astronomical tide would inundate the low lying areas of Andaman & Nicobar Islands within 100 km from the landfall point.
Warning fishermen against fishing, the IMD said the sea condition would be rough to very rough along and off Andaman & Nicobar Island becoming high from Sunday evening.

Cyclone To Strike Andhra Pradesh Tomorrow, India
Cyclone Alert
Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh has been warned about being hit by cyclone Helen tomorrow afternoon and are currently undergoing sufficient steps to limit destruction and disorder to their lives. It’s timing could not been more undesirable as the state is still assessing the total damage from cyclone Phailin that hit in October.

Cyclones are an area of closed, circular fluid motions that rotate in the same direction as the Earth. This is usually characterized by “inward spiraling winds that rotate anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere of the Earth”.

Cyclone Phailin brought with it extreme downpours which resulted in a large amount of damage to crops and property. The storm flattened thousands of homes and destroyed power lines, however deaths were minimized after the biggest evacuation the country has ever seen as 1 million fleed from their homes. The state seek to prevent as much damage as possible for a second time.

Andhra Pradesh

A massive evacuation has taken place for the people who live in areas where the cyclone has been assessed to strike and moved to relief camps. Andhra Pradesh is home to around 350 shelters and all will be used to lodge people who are victim to the cyclone.

The National Disaster Management Authority has asked the government to prepare in order to prevent any casualties. Coastline areas are expected to receive the most damages. Authorities have raised warning signals at every port along the Andhra Pradesh coast and all fishermen have been advised away from the sea until the cyclone has completely passed as sea conditions will be extremely rough.

The National Disaster Management Authority has also sent out six teams to Andhra Pradesh. There has been a control room delegated in Hyderabad in order to monitor the situation and keep a close eye on the upcoming events.

Although the cyclone has been predicted to be minor in comparison with cyclone Phailin, Andhra Pradesh desire to keep turmoil down to the minimum in these circumstances. With early evacuation and beforehand predictions of the cyclone’s progression, Andhra Pradesh hopes their next steps will be enough to prepare for tomorrow’s cyclone.

Andhra Pradesh

Fire services have also been employed to assist police and other departments in the hope that destruction to homes can also be kept limited. The storm is anticipated to surge at about 1.5 meters with gusts of wind reaching 100-110 kilometers per hour. The cyclone is also set to increase rainfall activity over the south peninsular.

The majority of damage for the storm is envisaged to effect thatched roofs, huts and power lines. As long as the state can maintain zero casualties they believe they can attempt to uphold a sense of calm. Andhra Pradesh are carrying out the steps through counsel in order to best prepare for tomorrow’s cyclone Helen. Natural disasters are distinguished by their capabilities of destruction. As long as investigators are right that this cyclone will not be anywhere near as catastrophic as cyclone Phailin, Andhra Pradesh should be able to conquer the outcomes of the storm. Unlike recent natural disasters like that of the Philippines, it is nice to see that some natural disasters can be slightly controlled by man to limit devastation.