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Posted By : Green Gamut on 31-May-2015

It Is India's Second-Most Fatal As Well As the death roll in the current heatwave crossed the 2,000 mark, this has become the fifth deadliest ever heatwave in the world and the second deadliest in India, according to an international database of disasters. Weathermen are predicting that there are a few more days left in the ongoing heatwave -which has killed the most number of people in Andhra Pradesh (1,636) and Telengana (541) -while affecting large parts of the rest of the country . The deadliest heatwave on record in India is the 1998 one in which 2,541 people died. The most lethal heatwave in the world was the one that crippled Europe in 2003, killing 71,310 people. These figures are maintained in the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT), managed by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), based in Brussels, Belgium. Weather expert and founder of Weather Underground Jeff Masters writes that “tolls from heatwaves are very difficult to estimate, since excess heat is typically not listed as the primary cause of death in cases where the victim has a preexisting condition such as heart or lung disease.“ This means that in most cases, especially in India, the actual death toll will be much higher in all the listed events, including the current one. Researchers of the Ah medabad Heat Climate Study Group analysed all deaths in Ahmedabad in the 2010 heatwave and compared it to all deaths in the previous year (2009) and the subsequent year (2011) to find out the real number of excess deaths attributable to a heatwave. In the list of top ten deadliest disasters, Indian heatwaves figure four times ­ 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2015. According to a study done by researchers from IIT Bombay, TISS and Monash University, Australia, the frequency and intensity of heatwaves is going to increase in the future.In a paper published in the April 2015 issue of the journal Regional Environmental Change, they write “heatwaves are projected to be more intense, have longer durations and occur at a higher frequency and earlier in the year.“

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