Farmer suicides soar in India, as deadly heat-wave hits 51 degrees Celsius

India Heatwave
May 2016INDIA India has set a new record for its highest-ever recorded temperature – a searing 51 degrees Celsius or 123.8F – amid a devastating heat-wave that has ravaged much of the country for weeks. Hundreds of people have died as crops have withered in the fields in more than 13 states, forcing tens of thousands of small farmers to abandon their land and move into the cities. Others have killed themselves rather than go to live in urban shanty towns.
Rivers, lakes and dams have dried up in many parts of the western states of Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Gujarat. India’s previous record high was 50.6C (123 F), which was set in 1956 in the city of Alwar, also in Rajasthan. The world record temperature is 56.7C, which was recorded in July 1913, in Death Valley, California. Human body temperature is normally 37C. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that heat-wave conditions were expected to continue for much of the next week in parts of central and north-west India, interspersed with dust and thunder storms in places.
Dr Laxman Singh Rathore, the IMD’s director general, firmly pinned the blame for the rising temperatures on climate change, noting the trend dated back about 15 years. “It has been observed that since 2001, places in northern India, especially in Rajasthan, are witnessing a rising temperature trend every year,” he said in a statement. India’s previous record high was 50.6C (123 F), which was set in 1956 in the city of Alwar, also in Rajasthan. The world record temperature is 56.7C, which was recorded in July 1913, in Death Valley, California. Human body temperature is normally 37C.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) warned that heat-wave conditions were expected to continue for much of the next week in parts of central and north-west India, interspersed with dust and thunder storms in places. Dr Laxman Singh Rathore, the IMD’s director general, firmly pinned the blame for the rising temperatures on climate change, noting the trend dated back about 15 years. “It has been observed that since 2001, places in northern India, especially in Rajasthan, are witnessing a rising temperature trend every year,” he said in a statement. –Independent

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2 Responses to Farmer suicides soar in India, as deadly heat-wave hits 51 degrees Celsius

  1. Yellow Bird says:

    just look at that poor parched former farmland… i am glad the farmer at least has some water. hope it was not made available to him merely for a photo-op

    meanwhile, in the UK, record breaking heat is still being treated as a holiday…
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-britain-bake-3-8017294#rlabs=18%20rt$sitewide%20p$9

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  2. We need greening of all workplaces for eliminating GHG emissions using renewable resources for buildings.

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