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With unprecedented, blistering heat in 2022, India's HAPs will be on severe test

The central government, its agencies, and other stakeholders are working with 23 heat wave-prone states over 130 districts to develop heat action plans. The challenges they face are formidable

April 30, 2022 / 03:40 PM IST
The big challenge is to identify populations susceptible to heat.

The big challenge is to identify populations susceptible to heat.

In 2020, a global weather monitoring website, gingerly named El Dorado, came up with some startling findings.

It said that out of the 15 hottest cities in the world in May that year, 10 were in India while the others were in neighbouring Pakistan, which is hardly a surprise. South Asia may be the worst-hit by soaring temperatures.

That year, Banda in UP and Hisar in Haryana recorded extreme temperatures of 48 degrees Celsius. The others on the list of hottest cities were capital New Delhi at 47.6 degrees Celsius, Bikaner at 47.4 degrees Celsius, Ganganagar at 47 degrees Celsius, Jhansi at 47 degrees Celsius, Pilani at 46.9 degrees Celsius, Nagpur Sonegaon at 46.8 degrees Celsius and Akola 46.5 degrees Celsius—both in Maharashtra.

True to climate change conditions, in 2022, India experienced the hottest March in the last 122 years! The unseasonal heat wave across north and central India contributed to making March 2022 the hottest ever since record keeping began in 1901.