The fiery heat wave continued to bake Nagpur City mercilessly with temperature hovering 47.3°C on Saturday, the hottest day of the season so far. The blistering heat, without mercy and without warning, claimed 9 more lives in city taking the toll to 19 so far. Nine people died due to sun stroke in various parts of the city. And it’s just going to get worse in the coming days. Adding to the soaring temperature were frequent power cuts and water shortage in several areas. The unfortunate victims of sizzling heat are as follows:
1. Babulal aged 60 years from Sadar area.
2. Rambharose Gupta aged 55 years from Yashodhara Nagar.
3. Prakash Nandanwar aged 50 years from Lakahadganj.
4. Ramlal Chaube aged 50 years from Sitabuldi area.
5. Vijay Virunkar aged 42 years from Ganeshpeth area.
6. Pawannath Shende aged 55 years from Ganeshpeth.
7. Nanda Kumar Prabhu aged 53 years from Pratap Nagar.
8. Parvatibai aged 65-70 years from Ram Nagar area
9. Babita Ashok Dhone, most probably from Chhindwara.
Parvatibai, who used to begging near Ram Mandir, was found dead at a spot near the Temple. According to reports, Parvatibai used to stay with her relatives in Pandharabodi and Dharampeth. But for reasons better known to the relatives, she was ousted from the house, most probably due to her old age. Since then, Parvatibai used to begging near the Temple.
Babita Ashok Dhone reportedly had come to Nagpur to attend funeral of her father. When she had gone to Gangabai Ghat, Babita fainted and fell near a footpath. Police, who were called to the spot, took her to GMCH but Babita died midway.
Severe heat wave conditions prevailed in some parts of Vidarbha, especially in Nagpur. Dry air continues to prevail over in region. The citizens could feel the intensity of the heat, which caused most of them to remain indoors, whether in the offices or their homes. The Indian Meteorological Department’s Nagpur Office reported that the Maximum temperature recorded was 47.3°C, while the Minimum temperature stood at 32.5° C.
The forecast for the next 48 hours is partly cloudy sky, where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 45° C and 30° C respectively.
Most of roads wore a deserted look as two-wheeler riders preferred to defer their ride in the scorching heat. However, the roadside vendors of Nimbu Pani, Matta, Lassi, Tak etc were seen doing brisk business.
While speaking exclusively to Nagpur Today, Assistant Meteorological Scientist R D Meshram, said that the temperature recorded on June 7, 2014 is 47.3° C.
He told Nagpur Today that the highest recorded temperature in the last 50 years was on June 4, 2003 when they recorded 47.7° C in the city.
When asked if the record may break this year, he said that though the temperature would be pretty hot, the record would not break. The temperature is going to remain stabilized.
When asked about the tentative date of Monsoon hitting Vidarbha, he said that Monsoon has reached Kerala (15 days late). He said that Monsoon usually hits Mumbai by June 10th, however this year it is expected to hit 5-7 days late. Monsoon may hit Mumbai by June 15, 2014. By June 20, 2014, Vidarbhaites may enjoy rains.