Hundreds of Humans, Millions of Animals Die in Heat Wave in India

June 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM 5 comments

Thank god climate change is a myth:

Amid reports that a number of people had died due to the severe heatwave conditions prevailing in Andhra Pradesh, the MeT office today said the hot spell would continue in the state for another 24 hours.

Local media reports claimed that over 200 persons died to due to severe heat this summer, but no cumulative figures were available with the officials.

Revenue officials in Visakhapatnam said about 40 persons succumbed to the heatwave this summer in the district, while a report from Medak said two persons died in the district in May.

Heatwave conditions may continue to prevail over isolated parts in the districts of West Godavari, Guntur and Krishna of coastal Andhra Pradesh during the next 24 hours,” the Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Conditions are likely to abate in coastal Andhra Pradesh in the subsequent two days, it said.


I love the line, “died due to severe heat this summer.”  It’s spring.  Summer begins on June 20.

And there’s this:

The heat wave sweeping Andhra Pradesh has taken a heavy toll on the poultry industry in East Godavari district.

According to The Hindu, over 20 million birds have died in hundreds of farms spread across six mandals of the district since the first week of May and the toll is mounting with hundreds succumbing to the searing heat. Small farmers, already facing losses on account of increase in cost of poultry feed and labour charges, are the worst hit.

East Godavari occupies the first place in the State in layer chicks hatching and there are 1.65 billion chicks in different farms in the district.  However, since the first week of May, the production of eggs has come down to 90,000 a day, impacting exports.


So many freaky weather events happening.  It’s scary.




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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. George  |  June 7, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    No, actually, I believe it is just going into Fall in India.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    And we’re just coming out of winter here in Colorado. Oy.

  • 3. JC for pennies  |  June 8, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Spring is actually India’s summertime. Monsoon season starts sometime in June, though it can be delayed in some years. When the rains come. the people of India are usually very happy. Sounds like they’ll be ecstatic, this year! This does not indicate climate change, though; this is generally how it is over there. Remember the old saying, “It’s always darkest before the dawn.” Hopeful “sunrise” is not far off for India, and that it is very wet. Cherapunji, India (if I have the spelling correct) has gotten over 1000 inches of rainfall in one year (normally they “only” get about 430)!

  • 4. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Interesting. I knew about the monsoons but I did not know about the other stuff. Thanks.

  • 5. JC for pennies  |  June 9, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    You’re welcome. I’ve been sort of a ‘weather wonk’ most of my life. Though my formal degree is in geography.

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