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Heatwave Alert: IMD Warns of Dangerous Conditions

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a warning for heatwave conditions in certain regions of peninsular and eastern India for the next two days. The affected areas include Odisha, Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, North Interior Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam, Rayalaseema, and Telangana. According to the IMD, heatwave conditions are expected to persist in parts of east India today and in peninsular India over the next two days before easing.

A heatwave is a dangerous condition caused by high air temperatures that can be harmful to human health, with specific temperature thresholds for each region. To stay safe, the IMD advises the public to avoid direct exposure to heat and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing. They also recommend using hats or umbrellas to cover heads when outdoors.

Recently, Union health minister Mandaviya chaired a meeting to review public health preparedness for managing heat-related illnesses. He emphasized the importance of timely action upon receiving IMD alerts. Union minister of state for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar highlighted the need for setting up committees at state and district levels to run information and awareness campaigns. She also stressed the importance of providing essential amenities like water coolers and ice packs in Ayushman Arogya Mandirs.

A directive from the Union health secretary urged all chief secretaries to ensure compliance with the national plan on heat-related illnesses for better preparedness in dealing with the effects of heat and managing related cases.

Stay safe and take necessary precautions during this heatwave period.

Source - The Times of India, Health Ministry of India.



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