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Heatwave claims 108 lives in India, Chennai without water

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 21, 2019
The toll of heatwave climbed to 108 in Bihar, India.
Chennai without water
Asia   All schools, colleges, and coaching centres will remain closed
Most heatwave deaths have been reported from Aurangabad, Gaya and Nawada.

Munger, Rohtas, Begusarai, Nalanda and Vaishali districts have also registered deaths by heat stroke this season.

The Bihar government has announced that all schools, colleges, and coaching centres will remain closed till June 22.

Similarly, all the shops in the affected districts will remain closed between 11 am and 5 pm.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh for the kin of the dead, visited the patients affected by the heat wave at Anugrah Narayan Magadh Medical College in Gaya on Thursday.

The chief minister was earlier scheduled to do an aerial inspection of heatwave affected areas in Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada but cancelled to visit the hospital in person.

Nitish Kumar also directed the officials concerned to take necessary steps and measures in dealing with the heatwave.

Amid one of India's longest heat waves in recent history and back-to-back lacklustre monsoon seasons, the Chennai Metro Water has had to cut provisions by 40 percent. For weeks now, city residents have been suffering from severe water shortages.

Air conditioning has been turned off in public spaces, staff are being sent home, hospitals are struggling, and every day residents must line up for hours in the searing sun, waiting for government trucks of water to be brought in from outer areas of the state.

According to a recent report from CNN, an entire family in the slums receives just 30 to 40 litres (8-10 gallons) of water a day, roughly thirty times less than the average American family.