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Old May 31st, 2010, 05:02 AM
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Angry Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

HUNDREDS DIE AS HEATWAVE SCORCHES NORTH INDIA
RECORD TEMPERATURES IN OVER 200 YEARS
DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO RISE




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Record temperatures in northern India have claimed hundreds of lives in what is believed to be the hottest summer in the country since records began in the late 1800s.

The death toll is expected to rise with experts forecasting temperatures approaching 50C (122F) in coming weeks. More than 100 people are reported to have died in the state of Gujarat where the mercury topped at 48.5C last week. At least 90 died in Maharashtra, 35 in Rajasthan and 34 in Bihar.

Hospitals in Gujarat have been receiving around 300 people a day suffering from food poisoning and heat stroke, ministers said. Officials admit the figures are only a fraction of the total as most of the casualties are found in remote rural villages.

Wildlife and livestock has also suffered with voluntary organisations in Gujarat reporting the deaths of bats and crows and dozens of peacocks reported dead at a forest reserve in Uttar Pradesh.

"Because of the heat, lakes and other water bodies have been reduced to parched land, making dehydration common in such birds," said Neeraj Srivastava, a wildlife campaigner.

Even India's northern hill stations historically a refuge from the heat have not escaped. Temperatures in Shimla, recorded a peak temperature of 32.4 Celsius, eight degrees hotter than the seasonal average.

After a drought last year, India's farmers are now impatient for the arrival of the monsoon, which irrigates 60% of India's fields. National meteorologists have forecast "normal" rains for this year, a relief in a country where prices of basic foodstuffs have rocketed in recent months due to growing shortages and structural problems with agriculture.

Forecasters have predicted that the south-west monsoon could arrive over the southern state of Kerala as early as today, but it is unlikely to reach the parched north before the end of June.

"It's too long to wait. We'll all go mad before," said Sanjoy Kumar, who sells dumplings from a stall in south Delhi.

The capital has sweltered under intense heat for weeks though, having endured temperatures of around 45C last week, dust storms and scattered rain brought some relief over the weekend. The new air-conditioned metro has seen record numbers of passengers as travellers abandon buses, taxis and auto rickshaws.

Parts of the city have suffered prolonged electricity blackouts and, in outlying suburbs, water shortages. In upmarket Mehrauli village, residents were forced to buy from private suppliers plying door to door with tankers. In the new town of Gurgaon, entire apartment blocks have run short. In the city of Nagpur, Maharashtra, petrol pumps ran dry after railway wagons which normally carry fuel were switched to supply water.

The Indian Meterological Department attributes the record heat to lack of atmospheric humidity, hot dry winds blowing across the south-western Thar desert and the effects of last year's El Nino cycle.

Mean temperatures for both March and April were the highest in more than 100 years.

Columnists have wondered why, given that scorching temperatures in India are inevitable, the heat has become the centre of every conversation. For Jug Suraiya, a well-known writer, the answer lies in the concept of karma and rebirth.

"That's why we moan and bitch and bellyache," Suraiya explained in The Times of India newspaper. "Because by doing so we hope in our next incarnation, life will, in all senses of the term, be cool."

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Old May 31st, 2010, 08:06 AM
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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

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Even India's northern hill stations historically a refuge from the heat have not escaped. Temperatures in Shimla, recorded a peak temperature of 32.4 Celsius, eight degrees hotter than the seasonal average.

This is the worst part ! Where to go and hide ourselves from scorching sun ? burn to death !
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Old May 31st, 2010, 09:21 AM
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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

I was in vidharba and western rajasthan yesterday,
With global warming and all it has started becoming hotter.

Drink shikanji or cool lassi to beat the summer or whatever is available in your place

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..................and if you don't have an AC, sleep on the terrace or in the open, use rope charpoi if possible.
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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

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I was in vidharba and western rajasthan yesterday,
With global warming and all it has started becoming hotter.

Drink shikanji or cool lassi to beat the summer or whatever is available in your place

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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

How many in Indian 'English' media are already blaming 'climate change' or 'global warming'?
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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

Here's a link to record temperatures...note the year of the record temperatures..and that's way before global warming bullshit began

Skip directly to the second table

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2000/MichaelLevin.shtml
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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

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How many in Indian 'English' media are already blaming 'climate change' or 'global warming'?
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Here's a link to record temperatures...note the year of the record temperatures..and that's way before global warming bullshit began

Skip directly to the second table

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2000/MichaelLevin.shtml
so you guys are saying global warming is not real? dont reply only in terms of record high temperatures...
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Here's a link to record temperatures...note the year of the record temperatures..and that's way before global warming bullshit began

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http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2000/MichaelLevin.shtml
The article is as of 2000
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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

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The article is as of 2000
But the record still stands...do you know whether the record is broken in the past 10 years?

My intention was to show that scorching heat was experienced before the global warming BS started

While I acknowledge climate change, I don't subscribe to the notion that human industrial activity has been the major driver of the climate change...that is why I call global warming as BS
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Re: Hundreds die in Indian Heat Wave ... Death Toll Expected To Raise

Well, the monsoon has arrived in Keral and is expected to proceed along the west coast, reaching Mumbai in 2 days. Fingers crossed and hope for the best.
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Babaji log, some changes in climate will occur, but I dont buy the full scale propaganda and scare tactics of GLOBAL WARMING bullshit.
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correct. waisey bhi life mein aur bhi tension hain global warming ke alawa.

most of the people in India care two hoots about such things. educated modern rich well-2-do people. ekdum fatehaal rehne waley, jisno global warming pata bhi nahi hoga, they r contributing +vely by not contributing anything.
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Babaji log, some changes in climate will occur, but I dont buy the full scale propaganda and scare tactics of GLOBAL WARMING bullshit.
Come on...it cannot be really that bullshit. OK...agreed that its hyped but there is some truth in it. Forget about using terms like "global warming" and see just from a personal perspective. Dont you think that winters are much milder and summers much hot lately (from over a decade or so)?
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Come on...it cannot be really that bullshit. OK...agreed that its hyped but there is some truth in it. Forget about using terms like "global warming" and see just from a personal perspective. Dont you think that winters are much milder and summers much hot lately (from over a decade or so)?

He is not denying climate change. Its the concept of global warming, which is based on the premise that human industrialization is the cause of climate change, that is questionable.

Actually, if you ask me, I think the winters are getting more harsh these days.
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