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‘Seven districts prone to heatwave’

IMD Hyderabad Centre Director Y.K. Reddy showing the map on heatwave condition prediction at a press conference.

IMD Hyderabad Centre Director Y.K. Reddy showing the map on heatwave condition prediction at a press conference.  

Officials say temperature may cross 45° C in many places

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has warned of severe heat and heatwave conditions in many mandals in Andhra Pradesh this summer.

The officials cautioned that the temperature may cross 45° Celsius in many places, and asked people to take steps to prevent sunstroke deaths. Andhra Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (APSDMA) Relief Commissioner M.V. Seshagiri Rao released the brochures on dos and dont’s during summer.

In a joint press conference organised here on Friday, Mr. Rao and officials of the IMD, AP Space Applications Centre (APSAC) and A.P. State Development Planning Society (APSDPS) warned that seven districts in the State are likely to face severe heatwave conditions.

“Andhra Pradesh experienced intensive heatwave for three weeks during 2015, 2016 and 2017, and more than 45°C heat and heatwaves were recorded in many mandals, and moderate heat was recorded in other places. This year, 52% chances are there to have normal and above normal heatwave conditions in coastal Andhra Pradesh in the next three months,” IMD Director and scientist Y.K. Reddy said.

40 days

This year, an average of one degree centigrade and above temperatures and heatwaves are likely to occur for about 40 days, Mr. Reddy said and advised people to go in for cool roofs, maintain phone numbers of the doctors and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and check dehydration every day.

“Prakasam, Nellore, East and West Godavari, Guntur, Krishna and Visakhapatnam districts are prone to heatwave in 2018. Heatwave may occur severely if low pressure is formed,” the Director said.

APSDPS Senior Project Manager P.V. Ramana Murthy explained that Heatwave Action Plan-2018 has been prepared and communicated to all district Collectors and the line departments.

“A State Emergency Operation Centre and State-level Heatwave Monitoring Cell was opened at APSDMA Office. IMD will release forecast and warnings every day,” Mr. Murthy said.

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