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Heatwave event report

Category: Heatwave
Observation: 01.06.2010
Continent: Asia
Country: India
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Area: Northern states
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Severity: Hight
Event details
Record heat has claimed hundreds of lives in northern India. London's "Guardian" newspaper is reporting on what's thought to be the hottest summer in India since the late 1800s. More than 100 people died in one part of the country when the mercury soared to over 119 degrees Fahrenheit. Forecasters are expecting temperatures above 122 degrees over the next few weeks. Continuing heatwave across swathes of Rajasthan has forced hundreds of cattle-rearers from Jaisalmer and Barmer to migrate to neighbouring states in search of meadows for their livestock. Mercury in the areas bordering Pakistan has shot up to 50 degree C and left scores of people dead. Officials said cattle-rearers face a dearth of fodder due to water scarcity, even as the government has opened animal camps in Jaisalmer and Barmer. "Though the government has opened various camps for cows, but nothing has been done for other cattle," said Pokharan MLA Shale Mohammed said. "There is a serious dearth of fodder in deserts and with no rains, villagers are compelled to migrate to Haryana and Punjab." Around three lakh cattle have been taken to Haryana, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh. Jaisalmer MLA Chotu Singh said a huge number of cattle have died due to illness and water-scarcity. There is also shortage of water in canals as water is supplied only once in a year for sowing. Bakho Khan, a local resident, said, "My income primarily depends on cattle breeding and in such hot weather, it gets increasingly difficult to provide water to approximately 500 cattle. We are left with no option, but to migrate."
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