World’s fifth deadliest heat wave grips India

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New Delhi: The current heat wave raging through India is the fifth deadliest ever in the world, as per a report in a leading daily. Also, it is the second deadliest in India, the Daily said, quoting an international database of disasters. Before this the worst was in 1998 when 2,541 people had died due to the heatwave.

As far as the world is concerned, the worst was the one in Europe in 2003 which had left 71,310 people dead. Moreover, the report said that in the list of top ten worst disasters, Indian heatwaves figure four times – 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2015.

The above figures are said to be maintained in the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) based in Brussels.

Meanwhile, 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 yesterday from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.

The overall toll in various parts of the country yesterday 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.