Heatwave: Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya chairs high-level meet

IMD predicts heavy rainfall over Northeast India during the next four days

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya | PTI

Amid heatwave situation, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will chair a high-level review meeting on Tuesday.

According to officials, Niti Aayog member (Health) Dr V K Paul, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Rajiv Bahl and India Meteorological Department (IMD) experts will join the meeting.

Over the past few days, deaths due to heat stroke have been reported from different parts of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha. However, the health officials are yet to confirm if heatstroke was the real reason behind the deaths. An expert team had launched an investigation into the deaths.

Reportedly, over 70 people had lost their lives due to extreme heatwave in UP's Ballia and Bihar. The deaths were mostly among elderly and those with co-morbidities.

"All hospitals have been directed to immediately provide necessary treatment to the patients. As the weather is improving, I am hopeful that we will see an improvement in this. All hospitals are on alert. It cannot be said that all deaths that happened in Ballia were due to heat stroke as some of them were suffering from serious diseases. We appeal to people to go out less and drink water regularly,” UP Health Minister Mayankeshwar Sharan Singh told ANI.

IMD on Monday said that heatwave or severe heatwave conditions are likely to continue in some parts of UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Telangana over the next two days.

IMD predicts Heavy Rainfall

“Light/moderate rainfall at most place with isolated Heavy to Very Heavy rainfalls very likely to continue over Northeast India and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim during the next 5 days,” tweeted IMD.

Isolated extremely heavy rainfall also likely over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim till 21st and Assam and Meghalaya on 19th and 20th June, said IMD.

CM to take aerial survey in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will conduct an aerial tour of the areas affected by Cyclone Biparjoy. He will also meet the cyclone-affected people.

Gehlot is expected to tour Barmer, Jalore and Sirohi. CM will reach Chauhtan village in Barmer, Sanchore in Jalore and Abu Road in Sirohi to meet the affected people on Tuesday.

The heavy rains in the state had impacted over 15,000 people, according to the Disaster Management and Relief Department.


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