Our hearts continue to go out to everyone in South Asia.
As if the horrific earthquakes in Nepal and surrounding countries that killed just under 9,000 people weren’t terrible enough, India is now suffering a deadly natural disaster of its own.
Over the past six weeks, over 800 people have died throughout India due to a severe heat wave that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Temperatures have reached 117├é┬║ F in parts of the country, and hospitals are currently doing their best to treat heatstroke after 551 people died in the state of Andhra Pradesh this past week alone.
In fact, it’s so hot throughout the country that the asphalt roads are literally melting.
Andhra Pradesh’s Special Commissioner for Disaster Management of P. Tulsi Rani has assured the state’s citizens that the Indian government is doing everything it can to provide aid, saying:
“The state government has taken up education programs through television and other media to tell people not to venture into the outside without a cap, to drink water, and other measures.
We have also requested NGOs and government organizations to open up drinking water camps so that water will be readily available for all the people in the towns.”
We’re glad that water is being dispersed, and we hope that everyone affected by the heat wave stays indoors and protects themselves.
Luckily, monsoon season is about to begin in southern India at the start of June, but the rain likely won’t reach the northern parts of the country until a couple weeks later.
Stay safe, everyone!
[Image via Saurabh Das/Associated Press.]