The district continued to reel under severe heat wave conditions as the mercury levels soared above 50 degree Celsius in the coalmining areas, particularly in the Kothagudem division, on Thursday.
The sharp rise in day temperatures had a direct bearing on the coalmining activity especially in the opencast projects (OCPs) in the Kothagudem region.
The blistering heat wave is taking a toll on coal production in the OCPs with low attendance being reported in majority of the OCPs particularly during the first shift.
Notwithstanding the summer contingency action plan put in place by the management of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in all its coalmines, a significant number of miners are availing leaves unable to cope with the blazing heat wave conditions.
With the temperatures hovering above 50 degree Celsius in the OCPs, the miners those involved in surface mining operations have been facing tough time in discharging their duties under sweltering conditions.
The workers those engaged in various development works taken up under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in various parts of the district are also bearing the brunt of the intense heat wave.
A few incidents of sunstroke related deaths were reported from various places in the district in the last couple of days. Meanwhile, the implementation agencies concerned have taken specific measures to ensure improved amenities like drinking water, shade and first aid facilities at the work sites for the benefit of the wage seekers of the MGNREGS.
Miners facing tough time in discharging their duties Workers engaged in development works bearing the brunt of heat wave
Miners facing tough time in discharging their duties
Workers engaged in development works bearing the brunt of heat wave